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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.

Our work

Research, Evidence and Learning team

We work to strengthen, and use, evidence and learning that's informed and led by vulnerable communities around the world.

What we do

International development research and evidence often lacks the participation of southern practitioners who work directly with communities living in poverty, and the views of those communities themselves. We aim to change that.

We work:

  • in partnership to create spaces for southern knowledge
  • for communities, and those living in poverty, to be involved in the generation of research and evidence relevant to them
  • to produce and support high-quality ethical research and evidence on poverty, to contribute new approaches to tackling and eradicating it
  • to guide evidence use and learning, and strengthen technical knowledge related to research, evidence, impact and engagement. This is through online materials, tools and training courses
  • to influence wider debates in the development sector, to improve how programmes and policy work is designed and delivered

Doing research ethically: a guide

Our guide and toolkit aims to help NGO staff, partners and consultants to conduct research and evaluation in an ethical way.

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An interview taking place in the village of Nyamdehun Bessima, Sierra Leone. - Photo: Tom Pilston/Christian Aid

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Two activists embrace in KwaMashu, an informal settlement north of Durban, South Africa. - Photo Credit: Simon Hutchinson, Irish Methodist World Development & Relief

Learning from working in partnership

These Christian Aid reports share learning from decades of close collaboration with local and national organisations in Angola, Brazil, Ghana, Guatemala, South Africa and the Philippines. 

Research projects

We're supporting research projects in a number of countries, and related to a range of themes:

  • Building alternatives is a project gathering evidence to build a feminist agroecological model in Brazil
  • The Evidence and Collaboration for Inclusive Development (ECID) project aims to reduce poverty, realise rights and improve the well-being of the most marginalised in Myanmar, Nigeria and Zimbabwe.
Women farmers in Brazil, looking over the land they have farmed sustainably.

Image credit: Miriam Nobre

Read more about our work

Community data gathering via mobile for the SABI programme

Our research and reflections on practice

Research, practice reviews and impact assessments we have commissioned, supported or written
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Capacity development

Learning resources, one-page guides and toolkits for practitioner and partnership research
A partner of Christian Aid visiting a project in Angola.

Evidence for Development

Find out about our online course on research evidence for development practitioners.

Key resources

Balancing research and practice in an international NGO

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Investing aid money in research for impact – what’s needed?

Development research funders need to re-think what research for impact means, argues Head of Research, Evidence and Learning Kate Newman.

Resources for fair and equitable development research partnerships

Meet the team

Angela Perchiacca

Angela Perchiacca

Provides support and advice on research funding schemes

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Anupama Ranawana

Thematic Research Specialist

Cathy Bollaert

Cathy Bollaert

Leads the Research, Evidence and Learning team

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Suzanne Fisher-Murray

Strengthens communication and knowledge engagement so our research has greater impact

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Tara Korti

Research and Evidence Animator at Christian Aid