Senior Policy Analyst
Tanya Sethi served as a Senior Policy Analyst at AidData from 2016-2021.
Tanya Sethi served as a Senior Policy Analyst at AidData from 2016-2021. She managed the Listening to Leaders program, and led research projects on: aid effectiveness and donor performance in low- and middle-income countries; Chinese public diplomacy; and the role of data and evidence in decision-making. Her recent projects included a report on citizen perceptions of the US and other foreign powers in Europe and Eurasia, designing the 2020 Listening to Leaders Survey, and building capacity of two Kenyan organizations to field online feedback surveys to their target audiences. She has presented research findings to partners including USAID, Department of State, Hewlett Foundation and the Gates Foundation.
Masters in Public Policy and Development, Paris School of Economics
M.A in Economics, University of Hyderabad
B.A Economics Honors, Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University
Tanya enjoys mixed-methods research and has developed an expertise in survey design and writing for policy audiences. She also conducts outreach and dissemination efforts through presentations, high-level briefings, and blogs. Examples include presenting at IFAD’s West and Central Africa Divisional Retreat in Senegal; serving as a panelist at a key session at 3ie’s Evidence Week; speaking at a webinar organized by Paris21 and Open Data Watch on increasing data use; and presenting at the 2016 International Open Data Conference in Madrid.
Prior to joining AidData, Tanya worked with J-PAL South Asia as a Senior Policy Associate. In this role, Tanya worked closely with J-PAL affiliates and the Government of Tamil Nadu’s Health Department to kick-off three impact evaluations for interventions to address non-communicable diseases in urban areas, encourage breast-feeding, and reduce anemia among adolescent girls. This involved data gathering and fieldwork in several districts of Tamil Nadu and creating an interest in impact evaluation among government officials at various levels. She also summarized evaluations, presented evidence from RCTs, and trained government officials, civil society leaders, and donors in South Asia on tools to evaluate the impact of policies, including at J-PAL’s flagship Executive Education. In her role as Assistant Editor at the Economic and Political Weekly, she reviewed, critiqued and edited research papers in the social sciences. She also delivered training to 150+ PhD scholars and faculty as part of Workshops on Research Writing and Publication at Indian universities.
Listening for influence: AidData and African Population and Health Research Center partner to improve policy impact
A joint survey yields insights on how research organizations in Africa like APHRC can collect and respond to feedback data from the policymakers they seek to influence.
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.
Listening to Leaders 2021: A report card for development partners in an era of contested cooperation
Samantha Custer, Tanya Sethi, Rodney Knight, Amber Hutchinson, Vera Choo, Mengfan Cheng
Development Cooperation from a Partner Perspective: How can Germany and other donors perform better in the eyes of their partner countries?
DEval — German Institute for Development Evaluation
Kerstin Guffler, Ani Harutyunyan, Matthew DiLorenzo, Tanya Sethi, Mirko Eppler, Marie-Sophie Heinelt
Silk Road Diplomacy: Deconstructing Beijing's toolkit to influence South and Central Asia
Samantha Custer, Tanya Sethi, Jonathan A. Solis, Joyce Jiahui Lin, Siddhartha Ghose, Anubhav Gupta, Rodney Knight, Austin Baehr
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