Two approaches, same goal.
Even the best intentioned NGOs can unwittingly waste resources, operate inefficiently, or worsen the very circumstance they wish to improve. How do we avoid this? We need to know what works, what doesn’t, and what can be improved. We need to know for the sake of dollars well spent, and the sake of the lives being touched.
Descriptive, prescriptive, credible research.
Whenever possible, we sponsor special research projects to determine the effectiveness of the NGOs that we are funding. These projects are vetted thoroughly, and will only be funded if they meet our high standard of analytic rigor.
Through the Weiss Fund, CRI funds research in development economics by scholars including students and faculty at eleven universities, and affiliates of the National Bureau of Economic Research, the Center for Economic Policy Research, and the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development.