Who We Are:
The Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) is a research hub focused 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.
What We Offer:
Our researchers primarily use randomized controlled trials 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. CEGA regularly convenes decision-makers to share ideas and information, and to stimulate the demand for new knowledge. CEGA has also created and released online toolkits and MOOCs on the subjects of impact evaluation and research transparency.