Mathematica and EDI, a Global Research and Data Collection Group of Companies, Announce Intended Merger

Mathematica and EDI, a Global Research and Data Collection Group of Companies, Announce Intended Merger

Acquisition Will Join Two Leading International Development Research Organizations
Jul 19, 2018

Mathematica has announced its intention to acquire, subject to regulatory approvals, EDI Group of Companies, an international research and data collection organization with a long-standing presence and extensive survey operations in East Africa as well as an office in the United Kingdom. Completion of the acquisition is expected later in the third quarter of 2018. The acquisition will strengthen the breadth and depth of each organization’s expertise and create opportunities to expand the high quality services offered to the companies’ global clients.

EDI specializes in the collection and use of high quality data in Tanzania, Uganda, and Mozambique, using cutting-edge survey design and technology. Since 2002, EDI has served a wide range of international aid donors, country governments, research organizations, foundations, and universities, including the International Fund for Agricultural Development, the World Bank, UNICEF, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the Government of Tanzania, and the Ministry of Land, Environment and Rural Development of Mozambique.

“Mathematica and EDI share a close cultural and strategic fit, and we are eager to move forward with this partnership,” said Mathematica President and CEO Paul Decker. “Joining forces with EDI will bring together staff with tremendous talent and expertise, and expand both organizations’ capacity to deliver on our shared mission of using data to drive improvements in public well-being globally.”

“Becoming part of the Mathematica family will allow us to continue to thrive and grow, making an even larger impact for our clients and the people they serve,” said Mike Woolford, Managing Director at EDI. “We look forward to continuing our important work throughout East Africa and beyond, energized by the opportunities that the alliance with Mathematica will bring.”

“We look forward to offering our growing portfolio of international partners the expanded skills and capabilities of both companies,” said Anu Rangarajan, Senior Vice President for International Research at Mathematica, who will lead the integration of the two companies. “This combination will create a broader on-the-ground presence in Africa and enhance our ability to deliver a full range of services at the country and regional levels. Our shared commitment to high quality and rigorous work will help us contribute to the evidence base and improve people’s well-being in developing countries.”

EDI will operate independently as a wholly owned subsidiary of Mathematica. With a strong focus on maintaining their core cultural values and deepening relationships with partners and clients, EDI and Mathematica will combine forces to leverage strategic opportunities for growth.

Founded in 1968, Mathematica is a research and analysis firm owned by its nearly 1,200 employees committed to using data to improve public well-being. In addition to the company’s headquarters in Princeton, N.J., Mathematica has offices in Washington, D.C.; Cambridge, Mass.; Chicago, Ill.; Ann Arbor, Mich.; Woodlawn, Md.; Oakland, Calif.; and Seattle, Wash.

The EDI Group works with a wide range of international organizations and donors to design and implement household and large-scale socio-economic surveys to deliver the highest quality data upon which to evidence policy decisions. With offices in the United Kingdom (Economic Development Initiatives [EDI] Limited) and Tanzania (EDI Ltd), the group manages and supports the survey work of third parties, while also collecting biomedical, qualitative, and administrative data in developing countries and around the world.

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EDI Media Contact:
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