Senior Program Manager
Alena worked as a Program Manager and Senior Program Manager from 2013-2017.
Alena Stern managed AidData's USAID Higher Educations Solution Network (HESN) award from 2013-2017, as Program Manager and Senior Program Manager. The ACDP is a partnership between AidData at the College of William and Mary, Development Gateway, the University of Texas-Austin, Brigham Young University, and Esri.
Building a geospatial revolution
Geocoding the globe! In our five years of partnership with USAID, we located over 130,000 development activities and $750 billion in assistance.
Expanding USAID's capacity for data-driven decisions
AidData Summer Fellows afford USAID Missions the opportunity to establish a basis for sustained geospatial work to enhance their development programs.
Allocating funding fairly in Nepal
Geocoded data has empowered government officials to more effectively negotiate with donors and advance Nepal’s development interests.
Making development data fit for purpose in Senegal
By calling attention to barriers to the use of development data and making actionable recommendations, an AidData report helped renew investment in Senegal's aid management platform.
Data for development: Measuring only what we use
Every dollar spent on data is a dollar not spent on life-saving vaccines or key environmental protections — so we should not collect data that we will not use.
AidData funds next generation of development research using geospatial data
In this post we’re excited to tell you more about 9 awardees that will begin work this summer, and provide a preview of how this cohort of research projects will advance our mission to make development finance data more accessible and actionable.
Making Data Matter: How Aid Management Platforms are Changing Development In-Country
Launching public portals invites a wide group of stakeholders – donors, universities, think tanks, and advocacy groups – to work alongside the government in order to use aid information to improve development outcomes.
Impact Beyond the Numbers: Reflections on Year One of the AidData Center
With one year of implementation behind us, the AidData Center has created a strong foundation that will enable us to bring our big idea to scale in the coming years.
Geocoding and public aid data in Nepal
To ensure that development stakeholders in Nepal are eager and able to use the public AMP data, the AidData team worked to build a strong network of local partners in Nepal.
The Winding Road to the AidData Center for Development Policy
The AidData partnership was created with a clear mission: to capture the entire universe of aid at the project-level in a single database.
Experimenting with Aid Information
AidData will be partnering with UNICEF and Ushahidi to run a randomized controlled trial in Uganda to test which incentive mechanisms are most effective in recruiting Ugandan citizens to provide useful information on development needs and outcomes.
Donor Coordination in Kenya and Mozambique
Geo-referencing development projects is one very promising method that could facilitate greater coordination and dialogue between policymakers, development practitioners, researchers, NGOs, recipient governments, and citizens.
Decoding Data Use: How do leaders source data and use it to accelerate development?
Takaaki Masaki, Samantha Custer, Agustina Eskenazi, Alena Stern, Rebecca Latourell
Avoiding Data Graveyards: Insights from Data Producers & Users in Three Countries
Samantha Custer and Tanya Sethi, Eds.