About Us

Experts in research and evaluation

What We Do

EDI Global is a data collection, research, and monitoring, evaluation and learning firm based in East Africa

At EDI Global, quality is in our DNA. From conducting in-depth quantitative and qualitative research to designing and implementing impact evaluations and providing comprehensive monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) services, we are dedicated to producing evidence that is relevant, robust and reliable. Our solutions inform evidence-based decision-making, promote learning and innovation, and contribute to sustainable development outcomes. Our work is primarily focused on East Africa, but we also provide global research and technical support on multi-country studies to a diverse range of partners.

EDI Global has expertise in MEL, research design and implementation. We deliver a range of evaluations, including impact evaluations, theory-based evaluations and performance evaluations. We also support our partners and clients in monitoring project performance through conducting baseline, midline and endline surveys, as well as implementing rapid learning cycles. We provide meaningful insights through conducting rigorous analysis, interpretation and visualisation of data. Attention to detail, academic rigour and local expertise are the cornerstones of our work. We take great pride in delivering services that meet the highest quality standards and which reflect a deep understanding of the communities we serve.

Over 75% of our staff are based in East Africa, so our project teams bring in-depth understanding of the local context. Our international team offers capacity building and technical support, ensures quality assurance, develops our global strategy, and fosters innovation, ensuring that we produce international research that is of a high quality and which recognises and amplifies the voices of the communities in which it is conducted. We work across a range of sectors, including agriculture, health, education, early childhood development, climate change, energy, water and sanitation, private sector development, and social protection.

In 2018, EDI Global became part of Mathematica. Mathematica applies expertise at the intersection of data, methods, policy, and practice to address complex social challenges and improve well-being around the world. Mathematica creates and uses evidence to help bilateral and multilateral donors, government agencies, non-governmental organisations and philanthropic and private sector actors improve programmes, refine strategies and advance knowledge. Over the past two decades, Mathematica has developed a large portfolio of international development work that spans more than 50 countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe.

Our history

Established in 2002, on the shores of Lake Victoria, in Bukoba, Tanzania

EDI Global was founded

EDI Global was founded in Bukoba, Tanzania. One year later, EDI Global implemented the Kagera Health and Development (KHDS) Survey to track individuals 10 years after the baseline survey. KHDS is a ground-breaking research initiative that employs a unique longitudinal design to track the health and well-being of individuals in the Kagera region of Tanzania. It is one of the first longitudinal studies in sub-Saharan Africa to collect data on the intergenerational transmission of poverty and health, making it a valuable resource for understanding the complex dynamics of poverty and health over time.

UK office was established

A UK office was established as the base for EDI Global's growing software business, Surveybe, and as a home for our growing Research Team. One year later, EDI Global implemented its first survey utilising computer-assisted personal interviewing (CAPI) software.

EDI Global and Mathematica worked on their first project together

EDI Global and Mathematica worked on their first project together: the Evaluation Strategy and Data Collection for an Impact Evaluation of a Rural Roads Upgrading Project in Tanzania. This was the beginning of what was to become a fruitful relationship between the two organisations.

Surveybe was created

Surveybe, EDI Global's own CAPI software, was put on the market. Surveybe was developed as a comprehensive survey design and implementation toolkit that was able to handle the most intricate of survey designs and questionnaire structures.

Implemented a follow-up to KHDS

We implemented a follow-up to KHDS in Tanzania.

EDI Global and Mathematica Inc collaboration

EDI Global and Mathematica worked on their second project together: the evaluation of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Energy Sector Project in Tanzania.

Registered our business in Uganda

EDI Global registered its business in Uganda. Since then, we have implemented projects for the World Bank, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, the Graduate Institute of Geneva, Lively Minds, and the International Finance Corporation.

Became an independent operating subsidiary of Mathematica Inc

EDI Global became an independent operating subsidiary of Mathematica. This acquisition was driven by a shared mission to help global changemakers reimagine the way they collect and use data so that they can see clearly, act quickly, and calibrate effectively.

Registered our business in Kenya

EDI Global registered its business in Kenya, continuing to grow its footprint in East Africa. Since then, we have established a physical office in Nairobi and have hired new talent to lead it.

The work continues

As we continue to work in more countries and communities across Africa, we have established a new MEL unit, expanding our offering to include MEL services, such as third-party and independent monitoring, adaptive MEL, and value-for-money analysis.

Our Story

Told in photographs...

Work With Us

Get In Touch

Interested in impactful research and sustainable development? Drop us a line to get started.