Policy Analysis

Rodney Knight

Deputy Director of Research


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Dr. Rodney Knight is Deputy Director of Research of AidData's Policy and Analysis Unit. He leads a team of analysts who conduct research on the effectiveness of development cooperation and public diplomacy activities of governments and organizations.

Ph.D., Sociology, Brown University, 1995

M.A., Sociology, Brown University, 1991

B.S. (Honors), Mechanical Engineering, BrownUniversity, 1983

Prior to AidData, Dr. Knight served as an international research specialist in a variety of positions. His research focuses on international health, nutrition, food security, and poverty. Recently he was Deputy Chief of Party for Scientific and Technical Services fora large multi-country project that provided program monitoring, quantitative and qualitative data collection, and impact evaluation services or the Feed theFuture food security initiative. Dr. Knight has worked for USAID, University ofNorth Carolina-Chapel Hill, Westat, and as a consultant providing technical services for a variety of foundations, donors, universities, and non-profit organizations in 18 countries. At the beginning of his career he worked as a software engineer on early neural network and GIS systems. Examples of journals he has published in include the New England Journal of Medicine, the Lancet, Bulletin of the World Health Organization, and Demography.


Survey Methods, Impact Evaluation, StatisticalAnalysis, International Health and Nutrition, Food Security, PovertyMeasurement

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