Evan Borkum

Evan Borkum

Senior Researcher
Areas of Expertise
  • Designing experimental, quasi-experimental, and mixed-methods evaluations

  • Survey sampling and quantitative data analysis

  • Evaluations of programs in developing countries

Topics
  • Education
  • Agriculture
  • Health
About Evan

Borkum is the deputy project director for a mixed-methods evaluation of a vocational training project in Namibia, funded by the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). The evaluation includes an experimental design to determine the impacts of scholarships for vocational training on trainees. He also played a lead role in the design and analysis for the evaluation of MCC’s investments in high-value agriculture in Moldova, which include creating local water user associations, rehabilitating irrigation systems, supporting actors in targeted value chains, and providing financing for agricultural investments. This evaluation includes both an impact evaluation using a matched comparison group design and a performance evaluation.

Borkum also led the design, analysis, and reporting for the evaluation of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Ananya program in Bihar, India, which includes a variety of supply- and demand-side interventions aimed at improving maternal and child health. He also led experimental evaluations of two innovative add-ons to the main program, which involved incentivizing frontline workers to meet team-based goals, and providing them with mobile-phone based tools to better deliver health services. Borkum also recently led the design of experimental evaluations of a program aimed at reducing child stunting in Indonesia, and a primary school education project in Niger aimed at improving early grade reading skills.

Borkum holds a Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University.

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