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At EDI academic rigor and policy relevance complement each other.

EDI’s research team has substantial experience in the design and implementation of surveys to provide data to understand poverty in all its dimensions and assist in formulating policies to fight it.  At EDI academic rigor and policy relevance complement each other.  From survey design, respondent sampling, interviewing techniques and quality control, up to data analysis and documentation, we have collaborated with the world’s finest survey experts to establish powerful best-practice techniques.

We understand that data collected locally, needs to be reported on globally. The uniqueness of EDI lies in its ability to bridge the gap between the local and the global. Through our Tanzanian company, with excellent knowledge of the realities on the ground, coupled with our international experts, our data abides to international quality norms. For example, our data has been officially included in the World Bank’s LSMS (Living Standard Measurement Survey) list of data sets.

Surveys and research at EDI, while motivated from policy significance, are of sufficient quality to be published in top peer-reviewed journals, and due to our strong local presence, dissemination has always been a key part of how EDI works. We have presented at academic conferences, workshops, ministries, international organisations, but have also spoken in front of gathered regional and district commissioners, full district councils, as well as numerous presentations at general village meetings. EDI’s work has contributed directly to decisions on whether and how to scale up nationwide projects, such as the nation’s handwashing campaign and conditional cash transfer programme.

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CAPI versus Paper: Evidence from a Randomized Survey Experiment

EDI at the Asian Development Bank; read more....

EDI Co-Founder, Dr. Joachim de Weerdt, addressing The Asian Development Bank Inception Workshop on Implementing Information and Communication Technology Tools to Improve Data Collection and Management of National Surveys in Support of the Sustainable Development Goals.