Alex Orsola-Vidal

About Me

Alex is the Director of Research & Evaluation at IMPACTO, where she leads all efforts to support our clients in rigorously evaluating and disseminating their impact. She has 15 years of research and operational experience in the development sector, measuring causal impact and promoting the use of scientific evaluation to increase the effectiveness of economic, social, and environmental interventions. She designs and implements monitoring and evaluation systems and impact assessments, builds research and evaluation capacity, and develops knowledge products and learning tools to institutionalize impact evaluation within development banks, universities, LMIC’s governments and NGOs worldwide.

Alex currently works with IDB Invest in the reporting and measurement of their operations’ portfolio. She is also designing a new dissemination product to showcase the impact of IDB Invest’ clients, which aims to increase clients’ visibility and attract additional resources from potential investors. Previously, she supported the design and implementation of IDB Invest’s Management Impact Framework.

Prior to that, Alex was the Global Networks Advisor at the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) for five years, leading CEGA’s training activities to improve the evaluation capacity of IDB Group staff, researchers at BRAC—the world’s largest NGO—and universities in East Africa. She designed and delivered workshops and executive education courses, and developed learning tools, including massive open online courses (MOOCs). She was a professor of Research Methods at the University of San Francisco.

Alex has consulted for the World Bank for close to a decade, designing and implementing randomized controlled trials of large-scale multi-country development programs. She has published and produced numerous knowledge and dissemination materials, including peer-reviewed research papers, policy notes, and impact briefs, among others. She also designed and facilitated impact evaluation workshops for the staff at the World Bank’s country offices and their government counterparts in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Alex holds an MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and a BA in Economics from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. She is fluent in English, Spanish, and Catalan.

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