During more than three and half decades of its existence since its establishment in 1979, the Institute for Integrated Development Studies (IIDS) has had a rewarding track record. IIDS has built a formidable reputation of a premier think tank for Nepal accomplishing its assigned tasks to research and advocacy. It was established with a vision to become Nepal’s leading nonpartisan private independent research institute committed to holistic and sustainable development based on human values. IIDS continues its pursuit towards achieving the following four objectives: (a) contribute to more informed public policy and action by conducting empirically based policy-oriented research on Nepal's economic and social development in national, regional and international contexts;(b) foster informed debate and discussion on key development issues facing the nation; (c) provide training and technical assistance for government and non-governmental agencies in areas of the Institute's expertise; and (d) facilitate access to and exchange of knowledge and experience with institutions and concerned stakeholders within and outside the country. Pursuant to the above-mentioned objectives, the Institute has been carrying out programmes and activities in areas of general research primarily focusing on economic issues and policy analysis. IIDS has successfully conducted more than 200 studies/surveys over these years with major thrust in the following areas: macro economics, foreign aid, agriculture and rural development, food and nutrition, population and health, education, trade and energy, regional cooperation, women in development, poverty alleviation, conflict resolution and sustainable peace. One of the major objectives of IIDS is to provide short term training and technical assistance to governmental and non-governmental agencies in areas of institution's expertise. Nevertheless the institute has not always been able to conduct such training in the past on a regular basis, even though a few trainings have been conducted on an adhoc basis. However, there is growing realization that IIDS should initiate conducting short term training on specific areas namely project monitoring and evaluation, project procurement, public policy analysis, and tools and methods applicable to policy analysis including econometric and statistical tools. Recently IIDS has successfully conducted training on STATA and Input Output and Social Accounting Matrix. Currently IIDS is organizing an in-house training on R Programming.
With the promulgation of new constitution in Nepal in 2015, restructuring the policies around the new constitution's spirit is vital in order to attain the aspirations of people. Following the spirit of new constitution, IIDS has also initiated restructuring the institute with the establishment of four Centers and a School of Public Policy. That includes:
Human Development and Innovation: This Center aims to investigate education and human development issues, transparently communicate relevant findings and information to all stakeholders, and help build ‘national agenda’ for innovation and reforms in education and human development. The overall objective would be to help produce creative, effective, and socially responsible citizens who are capable of leading the nation and the region towards greater economic prosperity and social development.