Original Cooperative Research That Bridges the Gap Between Theory and Practice
The International Cooperative Research Group (ICRG) collaborates, partners, and co-creates with local researchers and cooperative development stakeholders. We carry out rigorous field-based research that bridges the gap between theory and practice. In the ICRG’s research, learning, and application model, research activity builds trust, ownership, and uptake of outcomes through engagement with key local stakeholders. This collaborative approach amplifies our research outcomes, deepens local uptake of concepts, and thus changes lives.
Cooperative research that focuses on what everyone wants to know.
Strengthening Cooperatives and their Stakeholders through Training and Technical Assistance
Creating Opportunities and Improving Livelihoods through Cooperatives
Creating a Supportive Context for Cooperative Development at All Levels
Gender And Youth
Empowering Women and Youth to Participate in and Benefit from Cooperatives
Promoting New Ideas and Approaches for Cooperative Development
Our Research Approach
Our goal is to increase effective international cooperative development through knowledge-based enhancement of impact and increased uptake of cooperative development as a strategy in a country’s journey toward locally led development.
Regional Partnerships and Collaboration
Collecting and verifying new, data-driven evidence and developing data-informed internal and external solutions for challenges faced by cooperatives internally and externally.
Designing, sharing, adapting, and applying experiential learning through a shared learning agenda with OCDC members and partner cooperatives.
Distributing key research findings to all levels of cooperative engagement and other stakeholders to inform local and international strategies.
The Building Blocks of Our Research
We believe in solutions-oriented research that bridges the gap between theory and practice and empowers local people and institutions to own the planning, implementation, and evaluation of their own sustainable development.
We build trust through engagement with key local stakeholders.
We collect robust evidence and generate new knowledge through ethical, independent, academically rigorous and scientifically based research methods.
What Difference Do Cooperatives Make?Read The Research
Our Experts & Advisory Committee
Learning and Training Manager
Dr. Linda Shaw
Head of Research, the Cooperative College – United Kingdom
Dr. Michael L. Cook
Robert D. Patridge Chair Department of Agricultural Economics – University of Missouri
Dr. Sonja Novkovic
Academic Director, Sobey School of Business Saint Mary’s University – Canada
February 21, 2023ICRG Resource
February 22, 2023ICRG Resource