Policy

I do applied research in partnership with international organizations like USAID and the World Bank, non-governmental organizations like the International Rescue Committee and National Democratic Institute, political parties, community-based organizations, and government agencies. My work generally falls into two categories:

1) impact evaluation, where I help organizations assess if their programs or policies are having the intended effects; and

2) descriptive assessments, usually to inform or prepare a new program or policy.

You can find examples of both types of policy partnerships below.

Impact Evaluation

Trainer, Centre pour la Recherche et l’Action pour la Paix (CERAP) and Evidence in Governance and Policy (EGAP), 2023 Côte d’Ivoire Learning Days. I served as a trainer and “trainer of trainers” in a one-week impact evaluation methods course in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire with 30 participants from across francophone and anglophone West Africa.

Co-principal investigator, impact evaluation of a peer-to-peer voter registration program carried out by 13 civil society organizations coordinated by the National Democratic Institute before the 2023 election.

Consultant, impact evaluation of a USAID-funded governance program implemented by the International Rescue Committee in 2012-2013 in Mutare and Mutasa Districts in Zimbabwe. See here for the evaluation report.

Descriptive Assessment

Lead researcher, 2019 report Citizen Engagement and Public Service Delivery in Zimbabwe, World Bank Zimbabwe country office. I led a small team of researchers that designed and analyzed a survey and district case studies based on desk review and semi-structured interviews.

Co-principal investigator, 2018 Zimbabwe election survey, International Republican Institute. I designed and helped implement a panel survey during the months around the 2018 election in Zimbabwe for the IRI.

Lead researcher, 2013 World Humanitarian Data & Trends report, UN Office for the Coordinator of Humanitarian Affairs. For this project I analyzed official and novel data sources on humanitarian needs and response for a flagship UN OCHA annual report.