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We want our research to have a profound and far-reaching impact on the world’s poor.

Collaboration among academics, policymakers, development organizations, and business leaders is key to making progress. When research insights reach the people who are shaping policy and practice in the developing world, great things can happen. And when the people who are working on the front lines share their experiences with us, it stimulates new research ideas that can make an even greater impact.

While the impact of our research is often hard to measure in a moment, we are constantly striving to turn insights into action, to make progress, to change lives.

These stories reveal how the Center’s research is working to make an impact.

Graduate student James Winter is immersed in a project that measures how transitioning to a high-quality source of water piped directly to a household’s yard can impact household economic activity, female entrepreneurship, and water quality in low-income settings in Zambia.
A team led by Center faculty affiliate Jenna Davis created a container-based toilet that is being adopted in various countries where the urban poor lack access to safe sanitation.
Stanford graduate student Sebastián Otero examines the effects of widespread privatization of higher education in Latin America.
The large-scale China Employer-Employee Survey (CEES) gathers high quality, in-depth data on firms and workers that has previously been lacking in the systematic study of issues impacting both employers and employees in China.