CEGA's mission is to improve lives and generate opportunities globally, through innovative research that drives effective policy and development programming.
The Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) is a hub for research on global development, with a network of 80 academic researchers anchored at the University of California, Stanford University, and the University of Washington. Our faculty affiliates use rigorous evaluations, tools from data science, and new measurement technologies to assess the impacts of large-scale social and economic development programs. CEGA brings a scientific lens to global development, integrating empirical economic analysis with expertise in agriculture, public health, education, engineering, and the environment.
To effectively tackle poverty, donors and governments need to know which policies actually improve economic and social welfare. CEGA researchers generate highly credible, actionable evidence for policymakers, by rigorously testing anti-poverty strategies and identifying those with the greatest return on investment.
Our researchers primarily use randomized controlled trials, adapted from biomedical research, to measure the impacts of social programs on livelihoods, economic growth, and well-being. We are also pioneering the use of new technologies -- like wireless sensors, mobile data, and analytics -- to evaluate complex programs, even when randomization is not feasible. This approach enables decision-makers to focus scarce resources on programs that are both effective and cost-effective.
CEGA is committed to empowering researchers in developing countries and building the capacity of local institutions to undertake rigorous evaluations. CEGA’s portfolio of intensive leadership and training programs are designed in partnership with universities and implementation partners in Latin America and the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa, and South Asia.
In addition to long-term international partnerships, CEGA provides workshops and online courses in economic analysis for academics, government officials, and development professionals around the world. Educational and training opportunities have also been extended to students at the University of California, Stanford University, and the University of Washington. Hundreds of graduate students have participated in CEGA courses, workshops and projects, gaining hands-on training and experience in survey methods and scientific analysis.
To effect social change, credible evidence must be transformed into better policies and programs. Toward this end, CEGA regularly convenes decision-makers to share ideas and information, and to stimulate the demand for new knowledge. We also strengthen local voices in policy debates, by increasing the leadership of developing country researchers in impact evaluation. Cultivating in-country leadership enables more effective application of evidence to donor and government decision-making.
CEGA maintains strong relationships with public and private sector allies committed to evidence-driven development, and we incentivize the scale-up of proven interventions through targeted outreach to NGOs, governments, and foundations.