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ESOMAR Foundation Making a Difference Competition 2019 Winners announced!

We are excited to announce the winners of the second edition of our “Making a Difference” Competition. We have received a large number of entries – all of which of great value for highlighting and promoting how the best of research has made a significant difference to Not-For-Profits. 

We had an overwhelming response and four winners were chosen by the expert jury. For this edition, the judges considered projects that made the biggest difference to the most important issues of our time, as identified by the UN SDGs.

Congratulations to the winners of 2019 Making a Difference Competition!

Making-a-Difference  – Good Health and Well-being

Towards an open-defecation-free, clean India

Saptarshi Guha, Kantar, India

NFP Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) Grameen, Govt of India


Making-a-Difference  – Peace Justice and Strong Institutions

Social media first: leveraging digital platforms to strengthen the political participation of Nigerian youth

Anu Mohammed, BBC Media Action, Nigeria

NFP BBC Media Action


Making-a-Difference  – Gender Equality

Breaking the Silence: Uncovering the Truth about Gender-Based Violence in Mongolia

Nastasha Francesca Jimenez, UNFPA, Mongolia

NFP United Nations Population Fund


Making-a-Difference  – Quality Education

Study of young people with dyslexia – challenges and needs in the Danish education system

Rie Schmidt Knudsen, Epinion, Denmark

NFP Egmont Foundation


The winners are invited to present their work at a special ‘Making a Difference’ session at this year’s ESOMAR Congress in Edinburgh, 8-11 September.



Among the entries there were a number of them which deserved a commendation for their excellent approach, so, we are particularly happy to announce the entries which were commended:

Lives matter: A heuristic approach to prevent child mortality in rural India

Pallavi Dhall, Kantar, India

A market research approach to understanding and reaching high-risk men in South Africa with HIV testing and linkage to treatment

Shawn Malone, Population Services International (PSI), South Africa

Driving Change in Behaviour Management

Karan Sabnis, Kantar, India

Government Policies for the Disabled vs. the Ground Reality

Divya Meenakshy Harish, Brandscapes Worldwide, India

How Research Proves a Difference was Made

Will Goodhand, Survivors Fund SURF, United Kingdom

Identifying nudges for the growth of women in Bhap, Rajasthan

Madhur Mohan (Kantar) & Niyati Taggarsi (Ormax Consultants), India

The ESOMAR Foundation wishes to thank all those who participated in the competition. We aim to promote and highlight the excellent case-studies – to encourage the use of more insightful and inventive research for massively increasing the overall impact of market research in building a better world!


Making a Difference Competition Extension – New Deadline April 29th


Deadline for applications extended until April 29th

Due to demand, the new deadline for the Making a Difference Competition is e.o.d. April 29th. You now have 10 extra days to submit your entries and have the chance to present your work on the main stage of the ESOMAR Congress in Edinburgh. We’d be thrilled to receive your proposals!


Check out some of the previous winners of the Making a Difference Competition.




Join the Making a Difference Competition 2019

The 2nd edition of Making a Difference competition is now open for entries. The centrepiece of the ‘Making a Difference’ programme aims to highlight and promote how research has made a real difference to Not-for-Profits. The competition is open to all non-profit case studies whether they are international, national or local.

This competition plans to raise awareness of the impact of great research on Not-For-Profits by offering a platform for these stories to be heard.

The winners of the competition will be announced at ESOMAR’s Asia Pacific Conference on the 22nd May. The winning authors together with their NFP counterparts will be invited to present their work during a special ‘Making a Difference’ session at the ESOMAR Congress, in Edinburgh, in September 2019. The Congress provides amazing exposure and an ideal opportunity for networking and promotion.

  • It encourages excellence, educates and motivates the industry to produce great research on and for Not-For-Profits
  • Share your work with your peers for mutually beneficial inspiration and learning.
  • The competition will highlight ‘Make a Difference’ case studies to massively increase the overall impact of market research in building a better world!
  • Your work will be promoted throughout the year on all our platforms
  • Win a category and an award, receive a trophy
  • Participate and present at the ESOMAR Congress in Edinburgh, the biggest event in the market research industry
  • It’s a fun, challenging and exciting way to share your work.
  • All non-profit cases are welcome whether they are international, national or local!
  • You may showcase any innovative and insightful research work
  • There is no limit of entries per author
  • Each case-study must have a separate application

New entries deadline: 29th of April 2019

Check out some of the previous winners of the Making a Difference Competition