Tanya Sethi is a Senior Research Analyst at AidData, and serves as the publications lead across the policy analysis unit. In this capacity, she leads and contributes to various flagship publications and projects with clients such as USAID, the US Department of State, Brookings, and the OECD. Prior to joining AidData, Tanya worked with J-PAL South Asia as a Senior Policy Associate and with the Indian social sciences journal, Economic and Political Weekly, as an Assistant Editor. Tanya holds an MS in Public Policy from the Paris School of Economics and an MS in Economics from the University of Hyderabad, India.
Tanya enjoys working at the intersection of research and policy, deriving insights to inform data-driven decision-making. In her current role, she is leading a joint project with Brookings on the use of data by education policymakers and practitioners in LICs and MICs, as well as an upcoming AidData report that analyzes the development finance from the largest Gulf donors during the Arab Spring. She also conducts outreach and dissemination efforts through presentations, briefings and blogs. Examples include presenting at the 2016 International Open Data Conference in Madrid and speaking at a panel discussion at the USAID Higher Education Solutions Network TechCon hosted at MIT in Boston in 2016.
Some of Tanya's past projects at AidData include: a study in Honduras to understand the barriers to the use of data in decision-making; a project that analyzes and develops a baseline of donor financing to the SDGs; two reports that examine the use of governance data for the Governance Data Alliance; and an evaluation of Danish development cooperation through a partner country perspective for DANIDA.
In her previous position at J-PAL South Asia, Tanya worked closely with J-PAL affiliates and the Government of Tamil Nadu’s Health Department to develop project proposals to evaluate interventions to address the most pressing health challenges using randomized control trials. This involved data gathering and fieldwork in several districts of Tamil Nadu, and interacting with people at various levels of decision-making. She also summarized evaluations, presented evidence from RCTs, and served as a teaching assistant in trainings on impact evaluation in South Asia, including J-PAL’s Executive Education Program. In her role as assistant editor at the Economic and Political Weekly, she was part of research writing workshops at Indian universities for PhD scholars and faculty, having delivered sessions on plagiarism and research ethics, citation formats, and presenting data and results.
Measuring and responding to demand for official statistics
Statistical agencies are prioritizing international development partners over domestic users. How can data producers and funders improve domestic data use?
Counting on statistics: What can data producers and donors do differently to increase use?
A new report from AidData surveys hundreds of government officials in developing countries to understand what they need to better produce and use official statistics.
Listening to leaders on education data: A new report
What data do education leaders want and need to improve learning outcomes? AidData and Brookings evaluate two new global surveys on decision-makers’ use of data and evidence.
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.
Avoiding Data Graveyards: How can we overcome barriers to data use?
Development practitioners track mortality rates for scourges like HIV/AIDS, and malaria. But nobody tracks the mortality rate of data.
Is governance data “good enough”? World leaders want more transparency, greater context
Relevance and credibility rise to the top as key attributes of good governance data, snap poll finds.
Three insights into what data users demand: Are open data advocates listening?
In early 2016, the AidData Center for Development Policy interviewed close to 200 policymakers and practitioners in three countries about their demand for data in the sectors of education, health and agriculture. Here's what we heard.
Suits on the ground: Does "ground game" buy influence?
Does “ground game” — the strength of a development partner’s local presence and direct engagement with recipient government officials — affect how in-country decision makers assess the performance of development partners?
How do other countries perceive the US government's global development influence?
With the recent White House Global Development Summit and passage of the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act (FATAA), it is an opportune time to reflect on lessons learned from the United States’ performance as a development partner.
Crowding in funding for the SDGs: Reflections on the missing development trillions
Now that the world has agreed on 17 goals, 169 targets and 230 indicators for the SDGs, the dialogue is shifting towards the “price tag” the SDGs come with. Estimates on this abound, and are in the range of $3-5 trillion.
Counting on Statistics: How can national statistical offices and donors increase use?
Tanya Sethi, Mihir Prakash
Listening to Leaders 2018: Is development cooperation tuned-in or tone-deaf?
Samantha Custer, Matthew DiLorenzo, Takaaki Masaki, Tanya Sethi, Ani Harutyunyan
Toward data-driven education systems: Insights into using information to measure results and manage change
Samantha Custer, Elizabeth M. King, Tamar Manuelyan Atinc, Lindsay Read, Tanya Sethi
Realizing Agenda 2030: Will donor dollars and country priorities align with global goals?
Tanya Sethi, Samantha Custer, Jennifer Turner, Jacob Sims, Matthew DiLorenzo, Rebecca Latourell
Beyond the Tyranny of Averages: Development Progress from the Bottom Up
Samantha Custer, Matthew DiLorenzo, Takaaki Masaki, Tanya Sethi, Jessica Wells
Avoiding Data Graveyards: Insights from Data Producers & Users in Three Countries
Samantha Custer and Tanya Sethi, Eds.
In the Eye of the Beholder: When is governance data "good enough"?
Takaaki Masaki, Tanya Sethi, Samantha Custer
Profile / Project
2016 Governance Assessment Profiles
Takaaki Masaki, Tanya Sethi, Samantha Custer
Danish Development Cooperation from a Partner Perspective
Bradley Parks, Samantha Custer, Takaaki Masaki, Tanya Sethi, Rebecca Latourell
Governance Data: Who Uses It and Why?
Samantha Custer, Zachary Rice, Takaaki Masaki, Rebecca Latourell, Bradley Parks