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 Family Program Fund, CRI funds research projects by undergraduates, graduate students, and junior faculty at Boston University, Harvard University, MIT, Northwestern University, Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley, working in development economics. Research proposals are vetted through an elite team of economists.