Matchmaking workshops are key to fostering collaboration between CEGA and BRAC researchers. To catalyze new research partnerships, the Collaborative conducts a series of activities to match BRAC researchers and program managers with CEGA faculty, based on programmatic interests and scientific expertise. This is done through joint workshops that feature brainstorming sessions and networking opportunities in addition to outreach and coordination by CEGA and BRAC technical staff.
South Asia Regional Impact Evaluation Workshop Designed with a mix of interactive sessions, plenary presentations, and parallel tracks, participants learned the basics of impact evaluation, while also receiving hands-on technical assistance to help them design and implement evaluations in the field. By encouraging learning through information exchange, the goal of this workshop was to leverage the application of skills to build long-term capacity for rigorous impact evaluations.
BRAC-CEGA Partnership Launch The BRAC-CEGA partnership launched on April 3-4, 2012 in Berkeley. The two-day meeting was an opportunity for CEGA faculty to learn about BRAC's programs in the areas of agriculture, finance, community development, health, education, and gender equity. BRAC discussed its existing research capacity; the organization has already completed a few randomized evaluations, mostly in partnership with Robin Burgess at LSE. An aim of the BRAC-CEGA partnership is to expand on this early work, and further build BRAC’s research capacity, through partnerships with US faculty. The launch event also provided an opportunity for CEGA faculty to share their research interests with BRAC, particularly in areas relevant to the NGO’s programming. Select PhD students attended the meeting, with the aim of identifying research projects that they can pursue under faculty supervision.