Graduate Research Assistant
Carolyn worked as a Graduate Research Assistant for AidData's Partnerships and Communications team.
Carolyn Iwicki worked as a Graduate Research Assistant for AidData's Partnerships and Communications team from 2016-2017. Carolyn wrote and organized blog series on topics like "Aid and Conflict" for AidData's in-house blog, The First Tranche, and crafted articles adapting AidData's original analysis and research into blog-friendly science writing. Carolyn received her Master's in Public Policy from William & Mary, and her BS in Environmental Biology from Christopher Newport University. Her studies focus upon bridging the gap between the scientific and policy communities, particularly those involved with marine policy.
M.P.P., The College of William & Mary, 2017
B.S., Environmental Biology with Minor in Leadership Studies, Christopher Newport University, 2015
GeoSIMEX: A better method for handling geospatial imprecision
Analysts need to find ways to live with the reality of noisy and imprecise geospatial data. GeoSIMEX may be able to help.
Filling the missing middle: A method for impact evaluators on a budget
Faster and cheaper than a randomized control trial but more rigorous than a performance evaluation, Geospatial Impact Evaluations (GIEs) fill the “missing middle” for organizational learning.
Strengthening Côte d’Ivoire’s health sector with open data
Researchers from AidData will travel to Côte d’Ivoire to lead development of a USAID-funded geospatial data center.
Decoding Data Use: What evidence do world leaders want to achieve their goals?
A new AidData report illuminates the black box of how leaders source evidence and use it to accelerate development in low- and middle-income countries.
Realizing Agenda 2030: Not just more, but better financing needed to succeed
How do the global goals crowd in international financing and inform domestic priorities? A new AidData report assesses the historical baseline for funding to the SDGs.
Beyond the Tyranny of Averages: AidData report highlights unequal development within countries
Relying on averages is worsening inequality within countries. We look at whether aid financing reaches the poorest regions, and find that donors are missing the mark.
Papers selected for workshop on tracking international aid from emerging economies
Twelve teams of 27 authors will present their proposals at a workshop this September in Heidelberg, Germany.
Fanning the sparks of corruption? A Chinese dragon haunts Tanzania
Chinese aid's lack of transparency leads to questions about whether it will contribute to or undermine other development efforts, particularly those of traditional donors like the World Bank.
Context matters in foreign aid’s effect on violence
Does foreign aid to conflict-prone countries make them more stable, and decrease the frequency and intensity of conflict? Research on the complicated nexus between aid and conflict has produced conflicting results, with no consensus on foreign aid’s true effects.
Aid to refugee camps brings help — and harm
Humanitarian aid has become an increasingly crucial component of the international community’s response to violent conflict. In some ways, it might be making things worse.
Debt, deals, and dictators: How Africa’s autocrats adapt to aid requirements
Do Western donors' aid recipient requirements really constraint autocrats' repressive abilities?
Aid and the intensity of violence: Can good intentions backfire?
Do foreign aid commitments to countries experiencing ongoing violent conflict affect the intensity of violence in different regions? One theory says "yes."
The changing tactics of aid when partisanship runs high
The U.S. distributes almost twice as much foreign aid as any other nation; in 2015 alone the U.S. spent about $27.4 billion on foreign assistance. What happens when an uncooperative Congress makes it difficult for the executive branch to allocate bilateral aid?