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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.

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.
The new Stanford course Data for Sustainable Development introduces Stanford students to new methods of using machine learning and satellite technology to inform anti-poverty programs.
After nearly a decade, Stanford economist Nicholas Bloom returns to find that a previous management intervention has had long-term impact on performance in trial textile firms.
Pascaline Dupas’ lesson plan for teaching Kenyan teenagers about HIV infection risks in cross-generational relationships has been scaled up in hundreds of schools, including in Botswana, Togo, and Nigeria.