The Applied Research & Methods Group is a core team of internal researchers at IPA dedicated to evidence generation and research innovation using the data gathered across hundreds of studies conducted by IPA every year.

The ARM Group includes the Path-to-Scale Research team, the Poverty Measurement team, and also conducts prospective research including research replication and embedded methodological experiments, and leads the Research Methods Initiative in collaboration with Northwestern University’s Global Poverty Research Lab (GPRL). The ARM Group’s overall research agenda emphasizes contribution to research infrastructure and policy impact first, academic publication second, while maintaining the highest standards of scientific rigor.

In addition to full-time research scientists, the ARM Group includes affiliated IPA staff and consultants who retain other roles at IPA while providing intellectual leadership on research projects and contribute to the ARM Group research agenda. With reach into more than 20 countries where IPA works, the ARM group aims to foster a strong pipeline of diverse researchers focused on applying social science to global problems of poverty.


ARM Researchers

Elliott Collins
Research Economist and Director of Poverty Measurement

Elliott serves as the Director for IPA's Poverty Measurement program, which develops rigorous methods like the Poverty Probability Index (PPI®) to help researchers and partner organizations understand and serve those living in poverty. Before joining IPA in this role, Elliott worked for Kiva.org as the Senior Research & Evaluation manager, building and maintaining their M&E system and integrating academic research into their investment strategies. His research has focused on credible and cost-effective approaches to measuring poverty and financial access at the individual and community levels, and understanding how that informs survey design and impact evaluation. Elliott has a PhD in Agriculture & Resource Economics from UC Berkeley, where he studied various low-cost approaches to measuring the welfare effects of asset transfers and managed an experiment comparing BRAC's graduation program to cash transfers in South Sudan. He has previously worked at IPA Kenya, managing survey projects in Bungoma.

Steven Glazerman
Chief Research & Methodology Officer and Director, Research Methods Initiative

Steve Glazerman is a labor economist who focuses on impact evaluation design and cost effectiveness analysis, with emphasis on education, particularly teacher labor markets and consumer demand (school choice). After completing a PhD at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy, he worked for 20 years at Mathematica Policy Research, where he was most recently a senior fellow. His research has mostly been in the U.S., covering topics such as teacher training, performance measurement, licensure, and compensation, as well as public school choice, early grade reading, and preschool curriculum. He has also conducted research on job training, scientific workforce development, nutrition, and housing. In addition to U.S.-based research, Steve has led RCTs in Peru, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua on various early grade reading interventions and has advised on evaluation design in various sectors in Tanzania, Ethiopia, Mexico, El Salvador, and the Republic of Georgia for projects funded by the World Bank, USAID, and MCC. He taught program evaluation and cost benefit analysis in the economics department at Georgetown University and has published papers in education and public policy journals.

Senior Research Scientist and Director, Path-to-Scale Research

Doug Parkerson leads IPA’s Path-to-Scale Research initiative. His research focuses on extending promising evidence on the effectiveness of approaches to reduce poverty by conducting field replications and other research to move concepts from proof-of-concept to scalable programs and policies. His current research focuses on exploring ways to improve the cost-effectiveness and targeting of poverty graduation programs and expanding promising programs to reduce growth faltering and underdevelopment in young children. Doug has over twelve years of experience conducting randomized impact evaluations. Prior to his current role as a researcher, he oversaw IPA’s East Africa and Latin America regions and served as IPA’s Country Director in Uganda and in Bolivia before that. In those roles, he designed and managed dozens of impact evaluations and led policy dissemination events and trainings. He holds an MA in Sustainable International Development from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.

Shana Warren
Research Scientist for Path-to-Scale Research

Shana Warren is the Research Scientist on IPA's Path-to-Scale Research (PSR) team. She is responsible for identifying opportunities to bring evidence-based approaches to development challenges along the path to scale, and serving as a PI on PSR projects. Shana also serves as an internal resource and co-PI on IPA-led research In response to COVID-19, and she has been a co-PI on IPA's flagship RECOVR surveys. She came to IPA with extensive fieldwork experience in sub-Saharan Africa. Shana holds a PhD in Politics from New York University, an MA in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and a BA in History and French Studies from Rice University.

ARM Affiliates

Suleiman Asman
Regional Director, East Africa

Suleiman Asman is a Regional Director for IPA's country offices and programming in East Africa. He previously served as Country Director for IPA's Kenya office, managing a portfolio of over 28 projects spanning agriculture, education, health, water and sanitation, and finance. He joined IPA in 2007 as Senior Evaluation Coordinator, rising to the role of Research Manager in 2012. Suleiman has conducted research with professors from the most prestigious universities in the world and led policy-relevant partnerships with some of IPA Kenya's seminal studies, including the mobile money, M-Pesa study and the Multiple Use Water Systems study. Asman came to IPA from a research analyst background with numerous research organizations.

Claudia Casarotto
Chief Global Programs Officer

Claudia Casarotto is IPA's Chief Global Programs Officer. Prior to her current role, Claudia served as Regional Director for West Africa, Interim Country Director for IPA Zambia and Uganda, and also oversaw IPA Kenya's administrative and research management teams as Deputy Country Director, working closely with the Country Director to develop new projects and strengthen partnerships and policy relations. Before assuming the role of Deputy Country Director in 2014, she gained seven years of experience across the Middle East and Southern and East Africa working with private sector organizations, UN agencies, and research institutes. Claudia has a PhD in Development Economics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, a MSc in International Economics from Pavia University, and a BSc in Economics from Bocconi University.

Kyu Khin Gar
Research Manager

Kyu Khin Gar is the Research Manager at IPA Tanzania and leads a portfolio of research projects, spanning multiple sectors and regions. Before joining IPA-Tanzania, Kyu worked as a Research Coordinator at IPA Myanmar, where he supervised all phases of research implementation on projects involving agricultural value chains, COVID-19 responses, gender-based violence, and social cohesion. Kyu also has several years of experience working with the Ministry of Planning, Finance, and Industry (MOPFI) in Myanmar. He holds a Ph.D. in Development Policy from the Korea Development Institute (KDI) School of Public Policy and Management.

Nathanael Goldberg
Senior Director, Sector Programs

Nathanael Goldberg oversees all of IPA's sector program teams which provide expertise and leadership to address strategic evidence gaps in key topic areas including Education, Entrepreneurship and Private Sector Development, Financial Inclusion, Human Trafficking, Intimate Partner Violence, Peacebuilding and Humanitarian Assistance, and Social Protection. Nathanael previously launched and served as the director of IPA’s Social Protection Program which works to improve and scale safety nets and livelihood opportunities for the poor through evaluations of graduation programs, cash transfers and basic income, youth employment, and labor market programs. He has a B.A. in economics from Wesleyan University and a Master in Public Affairs in International Development from the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs.

Country Director, Kenya

Ginger Golub oversees research management of over 20 active impact evaluations at IPA Kenya, as well as country office operational departments, including finance, HR/admin, IT, policy, and business development. Prior to joining IPA, her focus was on maternal and sexual reproductive health in Kenya. She also has a background in HIV research and implementation internationally and in Kenya: in 2009, she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study dance as a vehicle of HIV prevention education. Ginger holds an MPH in Epidemiology from Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health and a BS in Nutritional Sciences from Cornell University, both degrees specializing in global health.

Juan Manuel Hernandez-Agramonte
Regional Director, Latin America

Juan Manuel Hernández-Agramonte is IPA's Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). He is also a PI in several studies in education, early childhood development, and diversity. He previously served as Deputy Regional Director for LAC and Country Director for IPA's Peru, Bolivia, and Paraguay country programs. Before working for IPA, he was a Policy Manager for J-PAL, where he developed government initiatives to incorporate evidence into policy decisions. One of the main projects he led was the creation of the Ministry of Education of Peru's Education Lab—MineduLAB—for which he was the coordinator. Before joining IPA, Juan worked for several agencies within the UN system such as UNICEF, the International Labor Organization (ILO), and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). He holds an MSc in International Development Studies from the University of Amsterdam and a BA in Sociology from Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

Kyle Holloway
Country Director, Colombia

Kyle Holloway is the Country Director for IPA's Colombia office. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing all country program projects and staff and developing and implementing country program strategies and research and policy agendas. He works closely with a wide range of policy, academic, and program implementation partners to generate and share evidence to improve decision-making and policy impact across a wide variety of sectors. Previously, Kyle has held roles within IPA as a Sr Program Manager for the Financial Inclusion Program and as a Research Manager for IPA’s Uganda office. Kyle has an MA in Economics from the Vancouver School of Economics at the University of British Columbia and a BS in Engineering Physics from Taylor University.

Sarah Kabay
Program Director, Education

Sarah is the Director for IPA's Education sector program. She holds a PhD in International Development Education from New York University. Before beginning her doctoral program, she worked with IPA for five years in Uganda, where she managed the implementation and evaluation of a primary school savings program and worked in a variety of roles from 2008-2013. Her research focuses on early childhood and basic education. As an education researcher, she uses mixed methods and interdisciplinary research approaches and is particularly interested in the integration of qualitative research into randomized evaluations. Across different projects she serves as an internal PI, provides technical support to IPA's Policy and Right-Fit Evidence teams, and directs Education Sector initiatives.  

Allison Stone
Program Director, East Africa

Allison Stone serves as IPA's Program Director, East Africa. In this role, Allison supports IPA's East Africa country portfolio with project development, research oversight, and operations. Allison previously held roles as Deputy Country Director and Research Manager for IPA Kenya. In her role as DCD, Allison oversaw more than 35 concurrent impact evaluations at IPA Kenya—ensuring sound research management and data quality—conducted project development, and oversaw operations for the country office. Prior to joining IPA, Allison worked with Columbia University's School of Public Health, leading health systems research studies in Ghana and Tanzania. She holds an MHS in International Health from Johns Hopkins University and a BS in Physiology from Michigan State University.

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Research Manager, Ghana

Edward Tsinigo is a Research Manager at IPA Ghana. Edward has worked extensively in the impact evaluation field and currently manages research portfolios in the education sector (including early childhood education) and agriculture and health sectors. Prior to joining IPA, Edward was a Monitoring and Support Associate at the International Food Policy Research Institute where he monitored and supported the implementation of the Ghana Agricultural Production Survey in the Volta Region, and a Collaborative Consultant for the Ghana Strategy Support Program of IFPRI. Edward holds an MPhil in Agricultural Economics from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, and a BSc in Agriculture Technology with a concentration in Agricultural Economics

ARM Staff

Benjamin Fataw Bawa
Program Associate

Before joining IPA’s Applied Research & Methods (ARM) team as a Program Associate, Benjamin worked with IPA Ghana as a Research Associate, primarily on the project "The Impact of Contract Farming on High Yielding Seeds Adoption in Ghana” with Chris Udry. Before IPA Ghana, Benjamin worked with CARE International as a Project Officer on Climate Smart Agriculture/VSLAs programs. He then joined Positive Planet Foundation, a French International NGO as a Business Development Advisor and subsequently as a Project Manager focused on women's empowerment through microfinance, education & ICT. Benjamin has extensive experience in agricultural value chain programs, producer cooperatives, social protection, managing randomized evaluations, and nutrition & health programs. He holds an MSc in Development Planning & Management (KNUST-Ghana), a BSc in Community Nutrition (UDS-Ghana), and is a trained Project Management Professional (PMP).

Manuel Cardona
Senior Research Associate

Manuel Cardona serves as Senior Research Analyst for IPA's Poverty Measurement Program. Before joining the Poverty Measurement team, Manuel worked as Research Associate at IPA Peru, implementing and evaluating a randomized controlled trial on overindebtedness and behavioral biases. He holds a BA in Public Policy from the Center for Research and Teaching of Economics (CIDE), Mexico.

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Research Associate

Isabella Contreras works as a Research Associate for IPA's Applied Research & Methods group, supporting the Poverty Probability Index and Research Methods Initiative. Before joining IPA, she worked as a consultant for Argentina's water and sanitation utility (AySA) and was an intern at Colombia's central bank. Isabella holds a master's degree in Development Management with specialism in Applied Development Economics from the London School of Economics, as well as BAs in Economics and Government and Public Affairs from the Universidad de los Andes.

Associate Program Manager

Prior to joining IPA, Savanna worked as program manager for the food and nutrition security portfolio at Humanitas Global Development, an international development organization based in Washington, D.C., where she managed programs with UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), HarvestPlus, USAID, Food Tank, the U.S. Forest Service, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She holds an MA in Sustainability Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and a BA in Integrative Studies from George Mason University.

Carlie Lamke
Research Associate

Carlie Lamke serves as Research Associate for IPA's Applied Research & Methods group, supporting the Poverty Measurement Program and Research Methods Initiative. Before joining IPA, Carlie worked as Research Associate/Program Manager at the University of Notre Dame Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO). She holds BAs in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

David Rodriguez Estrada
Program Associate

David serves as a Program Associate for IPA's Applied Research & Methods group, supporting the Poverty Measurement Program and Research Methods Initiative. Prior to joining IPA, he worked as a researcher for multiple think tanks in Mexico and later as an independent consultant in public policy. David holds a BS in Business Engineering from ITAM and an MA in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago.

Postdoctoral Researchers (current and former)

Amaka Nnaji
Research Scientist, Nigeria

Amaka Nnaji is a development economist currently serving as a Research Scientist for the Financial Inclusion portfolio of IPA's projects in Nigeria. Prior to joining IPA, Amaka lectured at the University of Nigeria Nsukka and Lincoln University, New Zealand. Amaka has completed her doctoral thesis (ABD) in Development Economics from Lincoln University, New Zealand. Her thesis focuses on the impact of equal access to land and farmer-herder conflicts on household food insecurity and production decisions in Nigeria. She obtained an MSc in Agricultural Development Economics from the University of Reading, United Kingdom, and a BAgric in Agricultural Economics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

Daniel Putman
Postdoctoral Fellow, Consumer Protection Initiative

Daniel Putman is a postdoctoral fellow in the Consumer Protection Initiative using administrative data to conduct market monitoring and inform the state of consumer protection in developing countries. In other research, he works to better understand the role of social networks in financial inclusion and resiliency. He holds a BA in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and an MS and PhD in Agricultural & Resource Economics from the University of California, Davis.

Michelle Twali
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Peace & Recovery Program

Michelle Twali is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Peace & Recovery program at IPA and Princeton University. Her work focuses on intergroup conflict, structural violence, and conflict resolution, with particular attention towards the experiences of members of the victim group. Specifically, Michelle utilizes a multi-method, multi-level approach to understand the meaning that people derive from their experiences of collective violence, how these beliefs affect their attitudes and behaviors towards other groups, engagement in collective action, and support or opposition to policies. Michelle has also consulted on interventions aimed at conflict resolution, including a mass media intervention in Juba, South Sudan. Michelle has a PhD in Social Psychology from Clark University in Massachusetts, an M.Sc. in Developmental Psychology from University of Utah, and a B.A in Psychology and Political Science from the University of Ghana.