What are some affordable RCT research organizations?

post by brb243 · 2022-01-12T21:22:19.167Z · EA · GW · 1 comments

This is a question post.

In an emerging economy, the (nominal) hourly rates can be as follows:

Survey design and analysis can be for an average of $50/hour.


I am assuming that the per survey times are

and that it takes 200 personhours to design surveys and analyze data.


Then, for a study of 5,000 units which involves baseline, midline, and endline data collection, the cost should be

This totals $19,975 per study.

Innovations for Poverty action charges millions (e. g. $1.5 million) per RCT. This is about 75× higher cost than calculated above.


If RCTs should be used at a large scale to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of systemic change interventions or their parts, then they should be affordable to medium-sized NGOs. Thus, it may be valuable to the global community to find an affordable RCT research organization.



answer by Sanjay · 2022-01-12T21:49:08.276Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

I believe I had a chat with an EA group at Harvard who said they were doing exactly this. I seem to remember thinking that it would be valuable for RCTs to be made available to NGOs more cheaply. If I remember correctly, this was the group:



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