MCC Event – Open Data: Big Impact

On Tuesday, February 2, 2016, Eric Vance and I will take part in the MCC’s Open Data: Big Impact event in Washington, D.C. We will join a panel discussion entitled “(Some of) the Data’s Out There, Now What?” The panel discussion will be hosted by Beth Tritter (Vice President, Policy and Evaluation, MCC). Eric and I will be joined on the panel by Jacqueline Homann (Masters Graduate, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas) and Jennifer Sturdy (Director, Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences). 2016-02-01_1118

The presentation below contains an outline of our discussion notes. It also includes some information about the sample frame we developed for our impact evaluation of the MCC-funded Rural Water Supply Program in Nampula, Mozambique, and links to presentations (i.e., a seminar and webinar) of the evaluation results and the final report.

Posters for “Experience VT” Event

This weekend I will be taking part in the “Experience Virginia Tech: Learn, Explore, Engage” event that was commission by President Sand’s to showcase the university’s impact on the world around us. From 9am to noon tomorrow at the VT Inn, I will be presenting the three posters below that document the research and main findings from an impact evaluation I led of an MCC-funded rural water supply project in Nampula, Mozambique. I plan to capture key moments from the event using Google Glass and will post some images and video to this blog and to my Google+ account during the day.

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MCC Webinar: Impact Evaluation of the RWSA in Mozambique

On Thursday, March 27, Dr. Eric Vance and I will be giving an MCC webinar to explain some of the main findings from our impact evaluation of the MCC-funded Rural Water Supply Activity (RWSA) in Nampula, Mozambique. The slides for this webinar can be accessed below.

MCC Webinar

Photo taken through Google Glass just before the start of the MCC webinar



RWSA Impact Evaluation Presentation

IMG_1257On February 7, I was joined by colleagues from Virginia Tech and Stanford University to present the results from our impact evaluation of the Millennium Challenge Corporation-funded Rural Water Supply Activity (RWSA) in Mozambique at the MCC’s 2014 Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) and Economic Analysis (EA) College. The M&E/AE College was attended by monitoring and evaluation and economic analysis experts from many of the countries with which the MCC has an active Compact.

The presentation was recorded using Adobe Connect and can be accessed by clicking on the image below. The final impact evaluation report will be available in the coming weeks via the MCC’s Independent Evaluations Catalog.


Leveraging Statistics to Improve Data Quality

In the video below, Eric Vance and I are joined by several of our graduate students to describe how we developed the concept of an “on-the-ground statistician” to advance our data collection and cleaning practices in relation to large-scale household surveys.

Water-Related Research Presentations

Over the past two months, I have presented some results from our water-related research in Senegal and Kenya to the Multiple-Use Water Services Group, and Mozambique to the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). I have provided a version of these presentations below for your interest, but have removed any sensitive information that could be used to identify the communities included in the studies or impact the integrity of the ongoing impact evaluation in Mozambique. We are currently working on a series of papers to document our findings from these large-scale empirical research projects. As soon as these papers are available, I will provide a link to them on this website.

Productive Use of Domestic Rural Water Systems: The Senegal Case.” Presentation to the Multiple Use Water Services Group in Washington, D.C., January 19, 2012. 




Productive Use of Domestic Rural Water Systems: The Kenya Case.” Presentation to the Multiple Use Water Services Group in Washington, D.C., January 19, 2012. 




Results from the Baseline Study of the MCC-Funded Rural Water Supply Activity in Nampula.” Research team presentation to the Department of Policy and Evaluation, Millennium Challenge Corporation, December 15, 2011.