Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation (CITE) at MIT

Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation (CITE) at MIT

The Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation (CITE) is the first-ever program dedicated to developing methods for product evaluation in global development.

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Technological advances can change lives and save lives in lower-income communities. But investing in a product that fails may undermine future innovation by reducing confidence and depleting scarce resources. Development agencies need to choose wisely.


CITE evaluates products’:
Suitability—does a product perform its intended purpose?
Scalability—can the supply chain effectively reach consumers?
Sustainability—is a product used correctly, consistently & continuously over time? 

CITE seeks to integrate these criteria — suitability, scalability, and sustainability — to develop a deep understanding of what makes products successful in emerging markets.
Our evaluations provide evidence for data-driven decision-making by development workers, donors, manufacturers, suppliers, and consumers themselves.
In addition, CITE evaluations lead to significant development insights, helping us better understand and address global development challenges.
Beyond evaluations, CITE seeks to share its approach through global replication, education and dissemination.
CITE develops courses on product evaluation in global development for university students and practitioners looking to apply CITE’s methods in current or future work. We also develop toolkits and models for practitioners who want to replicate our approach in their own work.