Oxfam is committed to producing high quality research. Through the pursuit of systematic enquiry, we help work towards our vision of a just world without poverty.
Our research is varied in approach and methods. For example, we are responsible for the analysis behind the global headline-grabbing statistic "In 2014 just 85 people owned as much wealth as the poorest half of humanity", but we also conduct in-depth research around Oxfam's Effectiveness Reviews (rigorous evaluations of Oxfam projects around the world), such as the study of a community-based
disaster reduction management and livelihoods programme, 'Information Flows Faster than Water: How livelihoods were saved in Pakistan's 2010 floods'.
In order to ensure that our research is of the highest quality, we provide training and support to our staff and partners around the world. Oxfam employs a mixed methods approach to research, combining quantitative and qualitative methods. Much of our research is undertaken in collaboration with local partners, and seeks to raise the voices of local communities. We employ participatory approaches where appropriate.