3ie is pleased to announce that Ruth Levine has taken over from Richard Manning as chair of our board. Ruth, a development economist and expert in global health, education, and evaluation, has served on the 3ie board for the past two years. She currently serves as the director of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s Global Development and Population Programme.
Click here to read the edited version of a Q&A with 3ie's executive director Emmanuel Jimenez and Ruth Levine over email. In this conversation, Ruth shares her early thoughts on serving as board chair during a time when impact evaluation is evolving quickly.
Welcome message from the executive director
As the incoming 3ie board chair, Ruth Levine, is a natural. She is someone whose research, work and many significant contributions in our sector ensure that her leading role in 3ie will benefit our organisation and work as we embark on our new strategy 2020. In many ways, her vision and leadership, expressed with colleagues in the ground-breaking work, When will we ever learn? Improving lives through impact evaluation
is the reason 3ie exists. Her reputation in the generation and use of rigorous evidence of development programmes is indisputable. Her leadership and advocacy for evidenced-informed decision-making have shaped thinking in major development agencies, including USAID, the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank. Her research and other publications in global health, demography and other areas are often cited as models on how to make evidence ‘speak’ to decision makers.
On behalf of the entire management team and the staff at 3ie, I welcome Ruth warmly. We all look forward to working together on our shared passion for strengthening impact evaluation, evidence synthesis and evidence use in development that really does help improve the lives of poor people in low- and middle-income countries.
Emmanuel Jimenez, executive director, 3ie