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.
The February 3 Issue of VoxDevLit, co-edited by gui2de co-director Billy Jack, summarizes recent research on mobile money solutions in the developing world. Read how mobile money can reduce transaction costs, improve convenience, smooth consumption, help endure external shocks, and reduce poverty.
Zeitlin and co-Author Craig McIntosh compare the effects of Give Directly cash transfers with a USAID youth employment program, and find that cash improved economic outcomes more than the training program.
Created in collaboration with colleagues Alaka Holla and Owen Ozier at the World Bank, the course focuses on measuring the effectiveness of development interventions, and is targeted to undergraduate and masters students around the world, as well as to practitioners, mid-career professionals, and policy makers.