Evidence Action launched formally in 2013 to scale programs with sustainable business models that have been proven to be effective  so that they benefit millions of people.

Evidence Action leads and manages two programs incubated by Innovations for Poverty ActionDispensers for Safe Water and the Deworm the World Initiative. We also run Evidence Action Beta where we are currently testing a number of other rigorously-evaluated interventions for scale-up.

Evidence Action scales proven solutions that improve the lives of millions. We implement cost-effective interventions whose efficacy is backed by substantial rigorous evidence.

Evidence Action identifies innovative, appropriate financing mechanisms and builds best practice operational models. We voraciously self-evaluate, learn, and improve our models for scaling with a commitment to transparency on progress, impact, and value for money.  

Our current programs are:

  • Dispensers for Safe Water is an entrepreneurial program for more than 4.7 million people in rural Eastern and Southern Africa. It is a proven innovation that dramatically expands access to water treatment at an extremely low cost.

  • Deworm the World Initiative scales up school-based deworming programs worldwide to improve children’s health, education, and long-term development. It currently supports deworming of more than 200 million children annually. 

  • Evidence Action Beta explores what programs with proven impact might work next for millions of people. Similar to beta testing for software, we are pressure-testing promising interventions to determine their suitability for massive scale-up.