Baribsi village, Yako province, Burkina Faso. Sally Belem, 32, conducts a survey into child nutrition in the Yako area, part of a two year study. Here she interviews a mother as part of the BRACED programme.


Set up in 2016, our Centre for Excellence in Research, Evidence and Learning works to enhance the research skills of Christian Aid's staff. We also take commissions and have our own research agenda, developing strategic insights for Christian Aid and the international development sector.

What we do

Christian Aid believes in shifting power and working in partnership. This underlies our research approach, our engagement with staff, and our thinking about research participants and users. We ask who is involved in designing research, whose voices are heard, and who is making decisions about what is communicated to whom. We also focus on ensuring that research we support has impact and reaches the right people.

Beyond Christian Aid, we challenge the development sector. We critically engage with the politics of evidence, considering its production and use. Committed to equitable research partnerships, we are part of the Rethinking Research Collaborative, which works to explore what this means in practice.

We aim to

  • develop the capacity of Christian Aid colleagues through structured learning for evidence literacy
  • offer technical advice and accompaniment in research initiatives
  • broker relationships with academics and research organisations
  • conduct research in Christian Aid's key strategic areas
  • ask critical questions of our own practice and document learning.