Research at BRAC – BRAC University

The development interventions and programs of BRAC are powered by research from three institutions of BRAC University:

  • BRAC Institute of Educational Development (BRAC IED) is an educational institute that pioneers in the holistic development of education, working in areas such as early childhood development, play-based learning methods, psychosocial wellbeing of stakeholders, primary and secondary education, and curriculum and textbook design. BRAC IED focuses on implementing high-impact and scalable models and advocating for evidence-based best practices.
  • BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD) is a social research institute that focuses on improving development and governance outcomes. With a strong background in ethnographic, participatory, and mixed-method research, BIGD has extensive experience in four thematic areas: (1) economic development and growth, (2) governance and politics, (3) gender and social transformation, and (4) urban, climate change, and environment.
  • BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health (JPGSPH) is a research institute that aims to address unmet public health challenges by applying an integrated interdisciplinary approach consisting of Education, Training, Research and Advocacy. Multidisciplinary in approach and method, research at JPGSPH involves investigating critical and emerging health needs in developing countries to identify evidence-based solutions.

BRAC has a storied tradition of applying the rigours of research in designing development interventions, monitoring progress, documenting achievements, and undertaking impact assessments. The Research and Evaluation Division (RED) was established as a multidisciplinary independent research unit in 1975. In 2018, RED was absorbed into the institutes. Adopting a praxis-oriented approach, these institutions aim to transform knowledge into action-oriented research that contributes to the global knowledge stream.

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