Vision and Mission

Delivering Practical, Research-Driven Solutions to Global Development Challenges


LASER PULSE Theory of Change

Strengthening US-LMIC research networks, through participatory problem identification and improved capacity for conducting research, to catalyze new research that can be readily translated into useful policies, products, and practices that better address international development goals.

Our Theory of Change statement describes the logical progression of steps – in terms of inputs, activities, outputs, and outcomes – required to achieve the aspirational vision of the consortium and USAID for positive change in the sphere of collaborative international academic research for development.

Main Activities of LASER PULSE

  • Form and curate a technically and geographically diverse LASER PULSE Network of academic researchers and development implementers from NGOs, government, and the private sector (join here).
  • Identify priority research topics that address persistent global development challenges.
  • Convene up to 8 regional Research for Development (R4D) conferences over 4 years.
  • Fund research awards for Network members who will ensure the translation and dissemination of research findings.
  • Build the capacity of LASER researchers to contribute to policy or development of practitioner-friendly outputs.
  • LMIC HEI Capacity Building: where possible, we seek to increase the capacity of the HEI Network individual institutions.