Research and Evaluation Division

June 26, 2016

Cost-benefit analyses: Still a long way to go

BRAC examines the limitations of cost-benefit analyses and how to improve research methodologies for more informed policy and investment decisions.
July 26, 2015

Delaying marriage, educating the next generation

Every year millions of adolescent girls marry young in South Asia. They are burdened with responsibilities as young wives and teenage mothers. In most cases, girls are coerced into marriage in varying circumstances. Research indicates that child brides face greater physical violence and a number of health risks. However, evidence is also building up on another more serious consequence of early marriage.
March 8, 2015

In school, but not learning

According to UNESCO, South Asia is home to 335 million adolescents between the ages of 10-19 years, but only 51 per cent attend secondary school. Schooling is important for realising the full potential of learning in adolescence. However, simply increasing the number of students enrolled at school may not be enough in countries where teachers are poorly trained or not even present to teach in the classroom. Inadequate school quality combined with household poverty may limit the potential gains from schooling.
September 1, 2013

Frugal map making: experiences from Korail

Many mapping initiatives are ramping up in the developing world, but in urban megacities like Dhaka, the slums remain largely uncharted--even by mapping giants like Google.
February 4, 2013

No easy button for data-driven decision-making

Gathering and organizing data is one thing; using data effectively is another. Thanks to new technology, as Bill Gates writes in his 2013 annual letter, people can gather and organize data with more speed and accuracy than ever before. That's great news, particularly for the social sector around the world, which badly needs more and better feedback loops to improve its performance. But gathering and organizing data is just one half of the loop. The other half--actually using data to inform program design and decision-making--can be a generational challenge to infuse into the culture of an organization.
January 25, 2013

How would you rank NGOs?

It's the second time around for The Global Journal's ranking of the Top 100 NGOs worldwide. Needless to say this has generated equal parts pride and enthusiasm in the BRAC family of organizations. We are gratified at the recognition, and at the same time know we're part of a larger family of civil society groups looking for solutions to the world's most pressing problems.
September 12, 2012

Three lessons from Sir Fazle Hasan Abed

Innovate frugally, scale up, and remain a learning organization: Those are the three lessons BRAC founder Sir Fazle Hasan Abed delivered to an audience at the World Affairs Council of Northern California last night, as part of a speaking tour sponsored by the Asia Foundation.