U.S. Global Development Lab

Launched on April 3, 2014, the U.S. Global Development Lab is a new evolution of USAID that seeks to increase the application of science, technology, innovation, and partnerships to extend the Agency’s development impact in helping to end extreme poverty. The Lab does this does this by working closely with colleagues across the Agency and by bringing together a diverse set of partners to discover, test, and scale breakthrough innovations to solve development challenges faster and cheaper in nine focus areas. The focus areas include:  Food Security and Nutrition Modernizing Food Assistance; Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths; Energy Access; Water Solutions: Child Literacy; Financial Inclusion; Human Rights, Participation, and Accountability; and Humanitarian Response.

The Lab is headed by an Executive Director (Lab/OD) who oversees the work of five Directors who administer the Lab’s programs and management activities across five centers and two offices. The Lab’s senior leadership team includes the science advisor to the Administrator.

The Center for Data, Analysis and Research (Lab/DAR) gathers and analyzes data, including geospatial analysis, data visualization, modeling, open data, and futures analysis.  The Center advances collaborative research in the United States and abroad, to better understand development challenges, build more effective strategies and programs to address them, and measure impacts.

The Center for Development Innovation (Lab/DI) develops new breakthroughs by harnessing the best in American and global scientific and innovation communities. The Center supports the discovery, incubation, and testing of solutions to specific problem areas, as well as open platforms for innovation.

The Center for Global Solutions (Lab/GS) supports the Agency in driving widespread adoption and implementation of proven, transformative innovations that will benefit tens of millions of people across a broad geographic area (regionally or globally), including digital development.

The Center for Transformational Partnerships develops global partnerships with a wide range of public and private sector stakeholders to extend the impact and sustainability of global development programming, and builds the capacity of the entire Agency to pursue partnerships of all types.

The Center for Mission Engagement and Operations (Lab/MEO) develops and monitors implementation of the Global Development Lab’s overall strategy and budget, organizes and delivers Lab support for field Missions, builds operational innovations, and manages administrative functions for the Lab. 

The Office of Evaluation and Impact Assessment (Lab/EIA) conducts rigorous, evidence-based analysis to guide investment decisions and assess the Lab’s theory of change - that science, technology, innovation, and partnership approaches are delivering impact more quickly, cost-effectively, sustainably, and are reaching more beneficiaries.

The Office of Engagement and Communications (Lab/EC) supports the goals of the Lab through effective engagement and communication to numerous audiences – USAID, the U.S. government, and donor, academic, business, philanthropic, entrepreneurial, research, scientific, and technical communities. 

Andrew Sisson
Executive Director, U.S. Global Development Lab
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Alexis Bonnell
Director, Office of Engagement and Communications
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David Ferguson
Director, Center for Development Innovation
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Joshua Kaufman
Director, Office of Evaluation and Impact Assessment
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Ricardo Michel
Director, Center for Transformational Partnerships
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Jerry O'Brien
Director, Center for Data, Analytics and Research
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Michele Schimpp
Director, Center for Mission Engagement and Operations
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Lona Stoll
Director, Center for Global Solutions
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Last updated: July 23, 2014

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