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Who We Are

Development Analytics is a research centre and advisory specialising in providing analytical tools and models for social policy development. We help our clients collect, analyse, and visualise social data in new and effective ways to address critical social challenges. 

At the core of our work is empowering policy makers to make evidence-based choices by equipping them with cutting-edge tools to test and compare options, whilst choosing their own parameters and priorities for their own contexts. We do this through models, simulations, and interactive applications, all optimised to be as user-friendly and long-use as possible.

  • We help our clients navigate the complexities of social policy development through robust data analysis and interdisciplinary specialisms. Our social policy expertise encompasses public finance, education, gender equality, and humanitarian responses. Examining social challenges from these different perspectives allows us to comprehensively identify who needs support, build effective targeting strategies and consider their unique characteristics to ensure inclusive policy. Through these collaborative efforts, we generate actionable insights and evidence-based recommendations that drive positive change and foster greater equity in the contexts in which we work.

  • Since our establishment in 2014, our team of over 212 researchers from 50 countries has successfully carried out more than 70 projects around the world, enhancing the critical work of governments and multilateral organisations in responding to poverty, inequality and crisis. 
    Our clients and partners range from multilateral development banks, UN organisations, and government ministries to local non-profit organisations developing community-driven programmes. Being one of only three organisations awarded a long-term agreement with UNICEF to conduct research child poverty-related research worldwide, Development Analytics is also an approved vendor for the World Bank, EBRD, UNHCR, ILO, EBRD, AfD, and GIZ and holds many project-level partnerships with many institutes and research centres in the UK, US, and Turkey.

Our Approach

Our approach ensures inclusivity. We are skilled at measuring monetary poverty, inequality, and labour market access while also assessing the well-being of households and children from multi-dimensional perspectives, including access to basic services such as education, health, and social protection. In most of our work, we focus on the distributional impact of social policies and consider the coverage, targeting, and effectiveness of policies and programmes, pinpointing disparities across countries and demographic groups.  

  • We employ our expertise in large-scale data analysis and the application of statistical and econometric techniques on development and humanitarian issues, providing insights for policymakers on their most acute problems in building inclusive social policy. Our rigorous methodological designs, extensive stakeholder consultations, and thorough grounding in existing research enable us to build a comprehensive understanding of the issue at hand. Examining recent trends and developments and exploring poverty statuses, household dynamics, and other characteristics, we provide insights into the efficacy of existing policies and programs. Additionally, we offer recommendations for enhancing interventions and services to address identified challenges effectively.

  • We are at the forefront of using technology for policy and research. Our interactive microsimulation policy models are tailor-made to suit clients’ unique research and policy development questions. The easy-to-use software and apps that we design provide policymakers with the ability to visualise and experiment with the results of household surveys and other large-scale datasets, change parameters, adjust programme inputs (based on cost and cost-effectiveness measures), and predict the probable outcomes of various social policy scenarios. These unique tools make it possible for policymakers to play with statistical models without the need for advanced coding techniques. Clients can interact directly with data from the field, while observing the social impact of different policy scenarios and fine-tuning policy decisions. Our social policy analysis tools thus empower policymakers to design better and more cost-effective policies. 

  • As well as guiding clients through the methodological maze of approaches, we have built our own databases to ensure that our rigorous analysis is based on robust data. The Development Analytics’ Data Repository includes 17892 datasets from 223 countries collected from 19 different data sources.

  • If you are eager to contribute your expertise and be a part of our research projects, join our consultant roster today and become a part of Development Analytics' projects in the future.

Our broad academic network ensures access to specialized skills needed for each project's unique challenges.

Join our consultant roster today and become a part of Development Analytics' projects in the future.  

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