Yes, You Can Generalize from Experiments!

One of the main criticisms of experimental evaluations is that they are conducted under such special circumstances that their results may not apply to other people, places, or times. A new wave of experimental evaluations is changing that.

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Collecting Data When the Going Gets Tough

In March 2017, two days before I was supposed to leave for Northern Nigeria to set up a final round of survey data collection for an evaluation, two German expats were kidnapped from a village in the area and held for ransom. My role as an analyst on the multi-donor AgResults initiative – a project to encourage and reward high-impact agricultural innovations that promote global food security, health and nutrition – was to supervise training and the beginning of field work with the local survey firm we hired to ensure that we received clean, usable data.

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Seven Ways to Use Blockchain for International Development

Blockchain is the single most disruptive technology for the international development sector as we understand it today.

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Why a Research Strategy Matters in Preventing and Responding to Pandemics

The World Health Organization's Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework seems to have all of the right elements: It calls for sharing influenza viruses, surveillance, stockpiles of medicines and vaccines, and more. Yet it rests on shaky footing.

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Want to Get Ahead in Your Career? Speak Up!

In the first few days of my summer internship at Abt, my department VP told me the best advice he received when he first started working – to speak up. After our meeting, I immediately doodled a megaphone shouting “Speak Up!”, and posted it right next to my computer screen as a constant reminder. Reflecting on my time at Abt, I realized that this little piece of inspiration has far-reaching consequences.

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