We deliver full-cycle research projects, from design to analysis.
Laterite’s data and research teams are embedded in the local context. We believe that delivering impactful research requires building a local team, understanding the context, establishing close working relationships on the ground.
We strive to deliver analysis of the highest quality, leading to actionable insights for our clients. Our priority is to ensure that our research is impactful and designed to answer the questions our clients have.
At Laterite, we innovate with every new opportunity. We integrate the latest research methods, testing approaches borrowed from other sciences and applying lessons learned from past projects.
Our research services
Laterite’s research team works with clients to extract value and knowledge from data. We draw on a range of analysis techniques from different disciplines, including econometrics, data science, economic complexity, network theory, biology and engineering.
We strive to innovate with every opportunity. We also put a strong emphasis on ensuring that our research is fit for purpose, timely and pertinent for our clients.
We specialize in program evaluation techniques, with a strong focus on ensuring that these lead to practical and actionable insights for our clients, ideally during and not only after the end of an intervention. These evaluations might include rigorous experiments, quasi-experiments, tracer studies or process evaluations. We always prefer mixed-method approaches.
Laterite has conducted or contributed to the design and analysis of impact evaluations in Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, South Sudan, Burundi and Ethiopia, covering gender, education, teacher training, gender violence, cash transfers, poverty reduction and agriculture support programs.
We are continuously investing in our modeling, machine learning and geo-spatial analysis capabilities. We have used predictive analytic techniques to model the COVID-19 outbreak, Markov chain models to predict evolution of education systems, gravity models to identify infrastructure gaps in Rwanda’s economic geography and economic complexity models to study the latent trajectory of economies. Through modeling and predictive analytics we can help clients better target specific populations; make predictions on unseen data; extrapolate findings to smaller geographic units; and plan for the future.
Laterite provides detailed, in-depth analysis based on desk research, complemented with key stakeholder interviews, focus groups and/or quantitative surveys. We have prepared landscape mapping reports (e.g. on the education system in Ethiopia, on social inclusion assessments in Rwanda) that have helped large NGOs and governmental officials steer future programs and interventions.