Welcome to gui2de, an initiative at Georgetown University working to incubate and evaluate effective development solutions.
The Georgetown University Initiative on Innovation, Development and Evaluation conducts empirical field-based research to assess the impact and effectiveness of interventions and policies aimed at empowering individuals in developing countries to improve their lives. Major research themes include governance and accountability, the promotion of agency in the delivery of health, education, and other public services, the role of mobile technology in development, and financial development and integration.
The Initiative, jointly convened by the Economics Department and the McCourt School of Public Policy, and co-directed by Billy Jack and Nada Eissa, brings together academics, innovators, policymakers, and development practitioners to incubate and evaluate ideas. We harness the energy and enthusiasm of the University’s undergraduate and graduate student body to contribute to these efforts at both the innovation and evaluation stages, through event participation, academic supervision, and summer and semester-long field assignments.
gui2de affiliates and former RA examine education in Tanzania, and are featured in this year's CfEE Research Digest
Research by McCourt School faculty and gui2de affiliates Andrew Zeitlin and Jacobus Cillers, and former gui2de RA Sam Solomon, on education in Tanzania with the RISE Programme is featured in the Center for Education Economics Annual Research Digest.
gui2de affiliate and Georgetown Professor Andrew Zeitlin and UCSD Professor Craig McIntosh recently released their study on benchmarking a child nutrition program against GiveDirectly cash transfers in Rwanda. Follow the coverage in NYT, Vox, the Atlantic, and NPR, and read the authors' comments in the World Bank Development Impact Blog.
With support from the Office of Global Engagement, gui2de is co-hosting the 3rd Zurich Conference on Public Finance in Developing Countries alongside the World Bank, the Centre for Economic Policy Research, and the Zurich Center for Economic Development on December 17-18, 2018.
Check out this month's The Economist Special Report: Exclusive Access (May 2018), which discusses financial inclusion and highlights research conducted by gui²de and MIT researchers.