Candace Miller

Candace Miller

Senior Researcher
Areas of Expertise
  • Mixed Method Evaluations
  • Impact Evaluations
  • Performance and Implementation Analyses
  • Economic Interventions
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Support
  • Capacity Strengthening
Topics
  • Infrastructure
  • Education
  • Health
  • Social Protection
About Candace

Candace Miller has extensive experience leading complex evaluations across Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. At Mathematica, Miller currently leads the evaluation of the MCC Liberia Energy Project, which aims to increase Liberia’s power generation by rehabilitating the hydropower plant, reducing tariffs, and improving electricity reliability and quality. Miller is also leading the performance and implementation evaluations for the Ghana Power Compact II, MCC’s $498 million investment aimed at providing more affordable and reliable power.

Beyond the energy sector, Miller is also involved with two innovative initiatives with the U.S. Agency for Development (USAID): First, she is working with colleagues on the Global Development Lab’s rapid feedback monitoring, evaluation, research, and learning project (MERL), which is intended to improve rapid learning and adaptive management across USAID projects. The current project includes a set of MERL activities in Tanzania designed to assess an early grade reading intervention. Second, she is working with USAID’s Expanding the Reach of Impact Evaluation (ERIE) project, which aims to use existing data to investigate long-term project results. The current effort aims to evaluate conflict management and mitigation programs in Israel and Palestine. Also, for USAID, Dr. Miller is the Project Director of the impact evaluation of the Early Grade Reading and Math Project (RAMP) in Jordan, a quasi-experimental longitudinal study that measures the impacts of early learning outcomes of students in grade one through three.

Dr. Miller also leads monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) activities, working with a range of partners including foundations, government, and implementers. For example, in Tanzania, Dr. Miller is partnering closely with Dubai Cares and a consortium comprised of government stakeholders, UNICEF, local education providers, and academics to build a package of teacher training and other interventions designed to improve early childhood education outcomes. Dr. Miller recently led the Malaria Elimination Initiative (MEI) evaluation for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Miller is an adjunct professor at the Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University where she teaches monitoring and evaluation to inform health and social policy. Before joining Mathematica, Miller was an assistant professor at Boston University School of Public Health, where she conducted a range of international evaluations on economic interventions. She led evaluations of poverty reduction programs in Afghanistan, Bosnia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, India, Liberia, Malawi, and Nigeria. She has also led research projects on vulnerable children and families in Botswana, Malawi, South Africa, and Zambia. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as the American Journal of Public HealthAIDS Care, Development Policy ReviewFood Policy, JAIDSPoverty and Public PolicySocial Science and MedicineTropical Medicine and International Health, and Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies. She holds a Sc.D. in health and social policy from Harvard School of Public Health and Masters in Health Sciences from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

Key Projects
  • Children in Jordanian Classroom
    Jordan Monitoring and Evaluation Support

    Mathematica is evaluating the Early Grade Reading and Math Project in primary schools in Jordan. RAMP aims to improve teaching and learning practices, facilitate community engagement, and improve early grade learning outcomes among Jordan’s students in kindergarten through third grade.

  • Tanzania energy sector
    Tanzania Energy-Sector Impact Evaluation

    Mathematica conducted evaluations of two activities and a related initiative under the Tanzania energy-sector project. The activities included laying a new submarine cable to provide a more reliable source of electricity to Unguja Island, extending lines into new areas, and offering low-cost electricity...

  • Tanzania Early Childhood Project
    Tanzania Early Childhood Evaluation

    The “Fursa kwa Watoto” (Opportunities for Children) project in Tanzania is a four-year effort to improve learning and socio-emotional outcomes for children by enhancing existing pre-primary instruction and supporting innovative early childhood education strategies in line with current policy initiatives...