AidData Research Consortium

AidData Research Consortium

Funded by USAID’s Higher Education Solutions Network (HESN), the AidData Center for Development Policy has mobilized a consortium of 100+ scholars to conduct cutting-edge research on development issues that will support evidence-based policy and program decisions by practitioners. This consortium, known as the AidData Research Consortium (ARC), leverages geocoded data to provide cutting-edge research in seven thematic areas: environment and climate change, economic growth, food security, global health, humanitarian assistance and disaster mitigation, stable democracy and governance, and conflict mitigation.

The goal of the AidData Research Consortium is to make information on development finance more actionable for decision-making. The ARC achieves this through leveraging subnational information to model and answer pressing development questions. This subnational research is made possible through geocoding – pinpointing the precise geographic locations of aid activities. Using geocoded data on project activities and subnational development indicators, donors, governments and civil society stakeholders can monitor where aid is flowing relative to areas of need and opportunity.

Working with geocoded subnational information, the AidData Research Consortium can address country-specific research questions that once seemed too costly, complex or time consuming to answer. For example, with access to more granular aid and development data, ARC scholars can conduct studies to address more targeted questions, such as:

  • Are donor-funded child health programs in Malawi targeting the populations most in need of health services?

  • What impact has donor-funded reforestation programming had on land use and land cover change in Nepal?

  • Under what conditions do specific agricultural technologies impact food security outcomes in Western Africa?