Research & Evaluation
Senior Program Manager
Jessica Wells is a Senior Program Manager in AidData's Research and Evaluation Unit, where she is the lead program manager for numerous awards from funders including USAID and the Hewlett Foundation. Jessica conducts research on the intersection of gender and development. She works on projects analyzing gender-based violence in schools throughout sub-Saharan Africa. She is also conducting a retrospective evaluation of a small earth dam project in Northern Ghana in relation to gendered household dynamics. She is a co-creator of AidData's new Gender Equity in Development initiative, which focuses on bringing AidData's geospatial and research expertise to gendered development research. Her expertise lies in program management, geospatial analysis, and econometric methods.
Previously, she served as the Chief Operating Officer at the WomanStats Project, and worked with the Worldwide Organization for Women as a Global Education Opportunity Intern in Geneva, Switzerland. Jessica received her Master of Public Policy and BA in Economics from Brigham Young University.
M.P.P., Public Policy, Brigham Young University
B.A., Economics, Brigham Young University
New research on how gender differences and power dynamics drive measurement error in household surveys
Agricultural program evaluations depend on accurate household surveys, but couples will often give different answers to an objective question, like the size of an agricultural plot. How can this error be reduced?
Supporting evaluation at USAID through a global research network
Lowering the barriers for researchers to collaborate directly with those who set development policy means innovations reach the field sooner.
AidData-Afrobarometer partnership produces geocoded public-attitude survey data for 37 African countries
The new dataset represents the most precise and consistent geocoding of Afrobarometer's surveys to date.
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.
A 5 Minute Dive Into Our New Geocoded World Bank Data
This dataset offers an exciting opportunity for researchers and policymakers to better understand the impact and allocation of World Bank projects.
Beyond the Tyranny of Averages: Development Progress from the Bottom Up
Samantha Custer, Matthew DiLorenzo, Takaaki Masaki, Tanya Sethi, Jessica Wells