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Assist in building a society that values each person equally, protects the vulnerable, and creates opportunities for all to realise their full potential.

Cornerstone Economic Research

We specialise in researching public finance and policy implementation challenges, especially in relation to issues relevant to children, and proposing practical solutions. Through research and training, we empower those responsible for making strategic decisions to develop, and implement, sustainable policies and programmes to overcome the challenges of social and economic exclusion, and inequality.

Our Services

Building on the team’s practical experience across sectors and levels of government, we provide the following support.

Costing of Policy & Legislation

We are at the forefront of developing costing methodologies and MS Excel-based costing tools, which enable policymakers to plan implementation with a better understanding of the costs of the targeted outcomes.

Performance & Expenditure Reviews

We are well-positioned to support PER research, given our experience with policy costing, process mapping, logical frameworks, expenditure analysis, and performance monitoring and evaluation.

Policy Research Development & Advice

Research to advise on policy formulation, and scenario analyses to inform policy options, are key aspects of the work we do. Together, these enable realistic scenario-based planning for implementation.

Public Finance Management

We have extensive experience with public finance planning and budgeting processes. We have been involved in advising on the design of budget programmes, local government budget formats, and the design and costing of implementation programmes.

Explore our projects

Policy Costing - Future Hope of Addis Ababa Early Childhood Development Initiative, Ethiopia

The key objective of this assignment was to cost the vision of the Future Hope of Addis Ababa ECD Initiative, and to determine at what cost the programme’s ambition will be attained. The action plan details the key programme components, and the key activities to be implemented under each strategic initiative. The costing guides the government and its partners in making decisions on how best to achieve the objectives of the plan. 

Why Choose Cornerstone?

Central to the work we do at Cornerstone is our striving to assist in building a society that values each person equally, protects those who are most vulnerable, and creates opportunities for all to realise their full potential. 

We have a broad and deep understanding of the complex development challenges facing societies in  transition.

We have first-hand experience, from within government, of the policy development and implementation processes. 

We approach problems pragmatically, and recognise that the most effective solutions are those that are relevant to the local context.

We combine innovation and common sense, supported by strong quantitative modeling, writing and presentation skills.

Got a research project you’d like to discuss with us?

Cornerstone is a specialist research company. The team is highly qualified, and has extensive public sector experience. Our preference is to do most of our work in-house. However, when necessary, we are able to leverage capacity through collaborative agreements with practitioners, researchers, academics and consultants from our network of contacts. If you wish to discuss working with us, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

About us

The aim of Cornerstone is to provide quality economic research and consulting services to the public sector. We focus on:

  • costing policy and legislation
  • performance and expenditure reviews of government programmes
  • issues relating to the development of good governance frameworks for fiscal, financial and performance management
  • investment case analyses
  • budget briefs