MIT faculty and Students to Lead Technology Evaluations in Developing Countries

Published in MIT News by Lauren McKown, D-Lab

The Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation (CITE) at MIT has announced its 2016 product evaluations.

The interdisciplinary program will bring together faculty and students from across MIT to evaluate at least three new types of products being used by people in developing countries, including solar water pumps, food aid packaging, and wheelchairs.

CITE, which is based in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, was created in 2012 with support from the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Higher Education Solutions Network. It is the first-ever program dedicated to developing methodologies for product evaluation globally.

CITE worked closely with various partners — including Mercy Corps, USAID’s Office of Food for Peace, the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, the International Society of Wheelchair Professionals, and the Boston-based nonprofit Technology Exchange Lab — to identify which products to evaluate. CITE evaluates products through extensive lab and field testing and produces evaluation reports intended to help facilitate data-driven decision-making in global development...