How Much Can We Generalize? Measuring the External
Validity of Impact Evaluations. Eva Vivalt, Stanford University and Australian National University.
Eva Vivalt is a visiting assistant professor at Stanford, lecturer (i.e. assistant professor) at Australian National University, and the founder of AidGrade. She recently did an Economics Ph.D. and Mathematics M.A. at the University of California, Berkeley after completing master studies in Development Studies at Oxford University. She previously worked as a consultant in the World Bank's Development Economics Research Group and has extensive experience with international development, including field experience, through work with the UN Development Program, Oxford Development Abroad, and numerous other charity groups. She has had experience as an advisor to new community service groups and has spent significant time abroad, including in Bulgaria, China, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Thailand and Russia.
Eva has worked on impact evaluations independently as well as for the Development Impact Evaluation Initiative and other units within the World Bank, the IFC and MIGA. The smallest impact evaluation that she has designed was on a $0 budget; the largest, on a $1 million budget for a $300 million/year program. In 2012 Eva created an organisation, AidGrade, devoted to collect and synthesise results from impact evaluations and her research draws on this experience. More about the research and publications of Eva Vivalt can be found on her website here.
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