Research

Research underpins our work and improves the lives of donkeys, horses and mules.

Watch our short film to learn how research plays a pivotal role in shaping Brooke's work.

Why is research essential to our work?

We undertake research to create the case for change and leverage the greatest impact on the lives of animals and their owners. Our internationally recognised research is essential to our decision making. It not only guides our work but the work of others.

How has it worked in practice?

Our study on the socioeconomic contribution of donkeys in Burkino Faso is a good example of how the results of research can positively feed into public development policies. The findings of the study revealed the crucial part donkeys play in water and food management, the impact on household finances they make, and the independence they bring to women. This is turn has influenced authorities in Burkino Faso, West Africa to make lasting policy changes, for example in the adoption of regulations to the weight of loads of goods transported by donkey carts. 

See how research and evidence supports our global strategy to create a world where working animals have a life worth living.

Who carries out research at Brooke?

Brooke’s researchers are located in the countries we work in and are supported by a UK-based team. We also conduct research with external partners. Brooke's international research teams support each other through virtual meetings and country visits.

How can I access Brooke research?

For quick snapshots of some of our research, see research summaries.

If you would like further information about our research activities, please contact us: [email protected] 

What guides our research?

Our research follows a series of key principles:

  1. We only undertake applied research, therefore all research we conduct seeks to answer questions and aims to have a practical end-use.
  2. Our Animal Welfare Ethics Review Board reviews all research proposals and protocols and ensures they minimise both human and animal welfare risks.
  3. To reach as many people as possible, the research findings must be shared with:
    • the participants in the research, for example equid owners and service providers
    • Brooke colleagues working in the country where the research was undertaken, and in other countries we work in
    • external audiences, including academics, policy makers and the public.

Annual research reviews

Our research reviews showcase findings from some of our key projects that have been conducted by Brooke’s research team, and in partnership with universities.

Brooke launched its first annual research review in 2020, whereby we shared our research related achievements and learnings from 2019. Our research reviews showcase findings from some of our key projects that have been conducted by Brooke’s research team, and in partnership with universities.

Annual Research Review 2021

See for yourself the impact of Brooke’s research on horses and donkeys