Riders for Health uses research to generate evidence for partners, policymakers, and the global health community on the role of transport in development. Research is also a vital part of our process of continually improving our programmes.

Riders’ research goals are achieved through three channels: external evaluations of Riders’ programmes, publications, and presentation of research abstracts at conferences.

External evaluations

External evaluations of Riders’ programmes rigorously test the impact of our managed transport systems on operational, financial, and health indicators. 

  • Since 2011 the Stanford Graduate School of Business have been carrying out an independent, randomised control trial study into Riders for Health’s work in Southern Province, Zambia. The research has found that systematic management of motorcycles used by health care workers to reach rural villages improved health systems performance. Health workers were able to see more people, more often, further away.
  • You can read the summary of the research findings here. 
  • The academic manuscript by Stanford Graduate School of Business has been submitted for publication review and will be made available soon. The evaluation design was a quasi-experimental impact assessment, including an Interrupted Time Series design (with four experimental districts and four matched control districts). Read an evaluation summary here.

  • Riders is seeking to form additional research partnerships to evaluate other programmes such as Sample Transport (ST). Interested evaluation partners should contact us here.


Riders has collaborated with research institutions to develop academic publications and case studies that reach a large audience.

Presentation of research abstracts at conferences

Riders has presented programme monitoring and evaluation data at a number of global health and social enterprise conferences.