RTI International is an independent, nonprofit research institute dedicated to improving the human condition.

Clients rely on us to answer questions that demand an objective and multidisciplinary approach—one that integrates expertise across the social and laboratory sciences, engineering, and international development.

Combining scientific rigor and technical proficiency, we deliver reliable data, and data improvement systems, thorough analysis, innovative methods, novel technologies, and sustainable programs that help clients inform public policy and ground practice in evidence. We believe in the promise of science, and we push ourselves every day to deliver on that promise for the good of people, communities, and businesses around the world.

Our experts hold degrees in more than 250 scientific, technical, and professional disciplines across the social and laboratory sciences, engineering, and international development fields. Our staff of more than 4,150 works in more than 75 countries—tackling hundreds of projects each year to address complex social and scientific challenges on behalf of governments, businesses, foundations, universities, and other clients and partners.

We maintain offices on four continents, with our headquarters in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, reflecting our roots in the area’s distinguished universities.

Founded in 1958 with support from North Carolina government, education, and business leaders, we maintain close ties with North Carolina State University, Duke University, North Carolina Central University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Priorities as a partner of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data

RTI International commits to:

  1. Develop innovations in data gathering, analysis, and re-distribution to users, in a manner that aligns with the tenets of the data revolution for sustainable development. Examples include advances in improving the accuracy of SMS surveying, use of telephony for epidemiological monitoring, and monitoring of service delivery, use of sensors for measuring air quality, and others.
  2. Develop data solutions that are driven by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and, specifically, by the implementation of the SDGs as seen by the partner countries and NGOs with whom we work.
  3. Develop not only the supply side of data, but also the demand side, by injecting data into a healthy, open debate around policy design, but also by supplying the missing data link in policy implementation on policies that have already been decided, but that are being constrained by lack of easily-available, powerful data.
  4. Make our tools and data as open as possible, in concert with our partner countries and funders.
  5. Involve citizens and grassroots organizations, as much as possible, in being both the front-line sensors of service delivery issues, but also the destination for information on issue solution and handling, to the degree consistent with the problem at hand.
  6. Apply high standards of privacy to individual data, in a manner consistent with emerging best practices of the data revolution, and in concert with our government counterparts.
  7. Develop creative partnerships with the United Nations family data science and statistics bodies, as well as line agencies’ statistical arms.

This Partner Works to Achieve These SDGs