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. 

  • Riders is partnering with Stanford University to evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of contracting out vehicle fleet management as an approach to strengthening the performance of health care delivery organisations. The study will investigate whether Riders’ programmes result in improved vehicle maintenance, increased health worker productivity and coverage, and overall cost-effectiveness. The evaluation design is a quasi-experimental impact assessment, including an Interrupted Time Series design (with four experimental districts and four matched control districts). Evaluation results should be available in 2014-2015. See 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.