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Innovations in remote sensing, IoT, machine learning, and big data analytics allow us to understand and track outcomes related to global poverty with far greater accuracy (and frequency) than ever before.

CEGA Work Theme - Data & Measurement


New tools that can precisely measure outcomes—including household assets, student test scores, market prices and voting behavior—can help us better understand the process and progress of economic development. The private sector has invested heavily in measurement tools, recognizing that accurate data and forecasting can drive innovation, capture cost efficiencies, and increase profits. Similarly, CEGA works to enhance the accuracy, integrity, and frequency of data collected in field research settings by developing and promoting the use of new survey, sensing, and analytics technologies. Leveraging partnerships with engineers in universities and Silicon Valley, we promote the integration of new data sources such as satellite imagery, mobile devices, and sensor networks into development research. Finally, CEGA is working to develop best practices for the long-term measurement of the impacts of programs and policies.



United States Agency for International Development

New Light Technologies (NLT)

Pulte Institute for Global Development

Institute of International Studies

Innovations for Poverty Action


Cash Benchmarking

CEGA is partnering with USAID and GiveDirectly to develop new methods for comparing traditional development programming to a benchmark of cost-equivalent digital cash...

Geospatial Analysis for Development (Geo4Dev)

CEGA and New Light Technologies (NLT) are combining forces to harness geospatial and remote sensing technology for global development researchers. Through our existing collaboration on the yearly Geospatial Analysis for Development Symposium, we've discovered an incredible demand among academics for geospatial data, trainings, and collaborations. There is a clear and growing value of geospatial technologies to improve our ability to measure the impact of poverty alleviation programs around the world. However, there are few collaborations between private sector organizations with technical...

Long-Term Impact Discovery

The Long-Term Impact Discovery (LID) project, funded by GiveWell, involves a systematic review of all rigorous, randomized evaluations of cash transfer and child health interventions conducted 10 or more years ago for which long-term follow up would be both meaningful and feasible. With leadership from Ted Miguel, Craig McIntosh, Prashant Bharadwaj, and others, the LID team will contact the authors of promising studies, identify a pool of viable projects, and assist the PIs in locating funding for the most exciting...

Cost Transparency Initiative

CEGA cost transparency initiative (CTI) improves and scales the use of high-quality cost evidence in impact evaluation...

Data & Measurement Research

Data & MeasurementFinancial InclusionTechnology

Impact Credit Scoring for Women’s Empowerment

Joshua Blumenstock
Data & MeasurementInstitutions & GovernanceTechnology

Measuring the Effect of Technological Improvements and Compliance Nudges on Property Taxes

Marc Gurgand
Data & MeasurementWork & Education

Randomized Controlled Trial of Integrated Youth Activity in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Jeremy Magruder
Data & Measurement

Cash Transfer Evaluation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Jeremy Magruder
Data & Measurement

Cash Transfer Evaluation in Liberia

Jonathan Robinson
Data & Measurement

Cash Transfer Evaluation in Democratic Republic of the Congo

Raul Sanchez de la Sierra
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Data & Measurement Resources

Data & Measurement

CEGA Blog: Sounds good… but what will it cost?

Data & MeasurementTechnology

Monitoring Human Settlements from Space - Brittany Zajic (Geo4Dev 2018)

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FEMA's Hurricane Incident Journal - Madeline Jones (Geo4Dev 2018)

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Data & MeasurementTechnology

Predicting crop yields and malnutrition with remote sensing data - Lillian Peterson (Geo4Dev 2018)

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Satellite based flood mapping to build resilience - Jeff Ho (Geo4Dev 2018)

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Community Based Rangeland Management and Climate Change Resilience - Dylan Groves (Geo4Dev 2018)

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