“BRAC has done what few others have. They have achieved success on a massive scale.”

Bill Gates, Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

BRAC has been called one of the earliest examples of a “learning organization,” with its efforts to quantify success, address failure, and fine-tune programs based on hard evidence of what works and what doesn’t.

This dedication to finding effective solutions drives BRAC’s development process, which leverages data-driven insights and BRAC’s expertise to refine, adapt and implement programs – at scale.


Research is central to BRAC’s work and ensures program effectiveness and quantifiable impact

Central to our mission, BRAC’s independent Research and Evaluation Division is unrivaled in the magnitude of research it produces and serves as a leading global source for development insights and best practices. The team plays an integral role in developing BRAC’s programs, monitoring progress, documenting achievements, and undertaking impact assessment studies to understand what works. Research provides an analytical base for BRAC to adjust its programs and ensure they address community needs.

Quantifiable Impact

  • BRAC schools in Bangladesh are shown to be twice as effective as government schools, with lower dropout rates and higher pass rates than non-BRAC schools (2009 – 2010)

  • BRAC’s Manoshi (urban maternal health) program reduced maternal mortality by 50% over a two-year period in Bangladesh (2007 – 2011)

  • In Uganda, BRAC’s microfinance program increased household business ownership by 27% (2008 – 2009)

  • Ultra-poor program participants’ savings increased from 8% (pre-participation) to 98% (four years after program completion) (2002 – 2008)

  • Girls in BRAC’s empowerment programs are 35% more likely to be employed (2008 – 2010)

For more, search the BRAC research portal.