While entrepreneurs, civil society and grassroots organizations know best the problems of development in a particular context, they don’t always have access to the resources or expertise to help them evaluate and scale-up projects. At the same time, academic researchers can benefit from better access to practical knowledge from the field.
DRI announces a new program that matches development practitioners with academic researchers. Our goal: to improve the quality of development interventions by providing practitioners with resources and academic expertise to evaluate, replicate and scale-up projects.
The Knowledge Exchange offers free technical assistance to practitioners in exchange for access to the field. The program seeks not only to evaluate the effectiveness of the particular project in question, but also to assess the broader validity of its approach. More than just categorizing the outcome as either a success or a failure, it will provide valuable information about the reasons behind the observed results. This external validity of the results, in turn, will provide valuable information for practitioners who wish to implement a similar project in a different setting.
For more information, or if your organization would like to participate in the program, contact email@example.com.
Moussa P. Blimpo
Moussa P. Blimpo is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy research (SIEPR, 2010 -2012) at Stanford University. Moussa holds a PhD in Economics from New York University. His broader research interests include policy relevant questions in development economics, the economics of education, and public economics in developing countries, particularly in African countries.
Prabal K. De
Prabal K. De is Assistant Professor of Economics at the City University of New York. Dr. De conducts research in the fields of development and health. His current projects include investigations of women’s health and autonomy issues in Mexico, migration issues in Sri Lanka and health disparities among cancer patients in the United States. His projects have received funding from the Rangel Center for Public Service and National Cancer Institute through CCNY-MSKCC Partnership among others. Previously he has been a consultant with the World Bank Group and a member of the core team that prepared the Global Economic Prospect Report of 2006. He received his master’s and doctoral degrees in economics from New York University.
Paul Dower is Kinross Assistant Professor of Development Economics at the New Economic School in Moscow, and an adjunct scholar at DRI. Dr. Dower studies the political economy of development and his research has focused on the impact of land reform on the rural sector. He received his Ph.D. in economics from New York University in 2008. Since then, Paul has been an assistant professor at the New Economic School in Moscow, Russia. He also works as a research economist for the Center for Financial and Economic Research and has served as a consultant for the World Bank.
Tobias Pfutze (Ph.D., 2008, New York University) is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Oberlin College and an adjunct scholar at DRI. He has worked on the effects of migration on sending countries, the emergence/persistence of democratic institutions, and the effectiveness of foreign aid. His current research focuses on the effects of recently implemented government policies in Mexico that are directed primarily at the country’s most marginalized populations. In the past, Tobias has also worked as a consultant for the Human Development Report Office at UNDP.