Social Impact Research

The human capacity for large-scale cooperative action sets us apart as a species and has driven most of human progress. It sent us to the Moon, created the green revolution, and materially reduced human suffering. But sometimes those very same social structures can undermine progress. Our strengths become our weaknesses — from our tendency to turn hierarchy into inequity, to our proclivity to share shocking misinformation, our social nature can unite or divide us. Our research looks at underlying causes and how to overcome them.

News Literacy and Misinformation in the Era of COVID-19

News Literacy and Misinformation/Disinformation in the Era of COVID-19

The spread of mis- and disinformation are not new phenomena, but the technologies and platforms that now connect billions of people around the enable the creation and rapid dissemination of more sophisticated and dangerous forms of distortion than ever before. The growing scope and scale of the threat posed by disinformation and misinformation are seen in politics, health, the environment, and technology, among other areas of society.

CATALYZE Innovative Blended Finance: Market Assessment of the Non-State Education Sector in the Latin America and Caribbean Region

This report reviews the potential for private investment in the non-state education sector in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). It draws on six previously conducted USAID CATALYZE country market assessments (Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, and Paraguay), significant additional desk research, and stakeholder interviews with governments, donors, investors, and educational providers in the region.