Research & Evaluation
Katherine Nolan is a Research Scientist in AidData's Research and Evaluation Unit, where she conducts a variety of impact evaluations on a number of development topics, including health, gender, and agriculture. Katherine currently works on a retrospective evaluation utilizing geospatial matching techniques and household surveys of a child and maternal health project in Bangladesh, as well as a retrospective evaluation of small earth dam's impact on household dynamics in Northern Ghana. She also co-created AidData's new Gender Equity in Development initiative, which focuses on bringing AidData's geospatial and research expertise to the gender space, and is a member of the Global Research Institute's Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) committee. Her expertise lies in household surveys, data management and analysis, retrospective evaluations, and geospatial analysis.
M.A., International Business Relations and Environmental Policy, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
B.A., Development Studies, African Studies, Amherst College
Prior to joining AidData, Katherine worked for Innovations for Poverty Action managing several different randomized control trials in Mongolia and Kenya. She has also managed a market access research project in Northern Uganda and conducted an off-grid electrification research project in Southern India. She holds an MA in International Business Relations and Environmental Policy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a BA in International Development and African Studies from Amherst College.
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?
Plan B for development impact evaluations? Going remote.
New methods to predict missing geospatial data could reduce barriers to evaluating development programs in hard-to-reach areas.
Testing multi-stakeholder dialogue for better local governance in Niger: An experiment. Can we talk our way out of development problems?
Development Policy Review
Ariel BenYishay, Lisa Mueller, Katherine Nolan, Philip Roessler
Reducing the Costs and Barriers to Evaluations Using Geospatial Data: New Methods with an Application for HIV/AIDS in Cote d'Ivoire
Ariel BenYishay, Katherine Nolan
Long-term Impact Evaluation of the Malawi Wellness and Agriculture for Life Advancement Program
Ariel BenYishay, Kristen Velyvis, Katherine Nolan, Lila Kumar Khatiwada, Carrie Dolan, Danice Brown Guzman, Tom Purekal, Arif Mamun, Sara Wilf