The work of 3ie is overseen by a Board of Commissioners, which is elected by the members. The board comprises ten members, representing different backgrounds, including policymakers from developing countries and high-profile leaders in evaluation and evidence-informed decision-making who help promote 3ie.

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Board of Commissioners

Ruth Levine, a development economist and expert in international development, global health and education, serves as the director of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s Global Development and Population programme.

Before joining the Hewlett Foundation, Dr Levine was a deputy assistant administrator in the Bureau of Policy, Planning and Learning at the US Agency for International Development. In that role, she led the development of the agency’s evaluation policy.

Previously, Dr Levine spent nearly a decade at the Center for Global Development, an international policy research institute in Washington, DC. There, she served as a senior fellow and vice president for programmes and operations. 

Dr Levine is the author of several books and professional publications, including two influential reports from the Center for Global Development on development and adolescent girls: Girls Count: A Global Investment & Action Agenda (2008) and Start with a Girl: A New Agenda for Global Health (2009). She also is co-author of the report When Will We Ever Learn? Improving Lives through Impact Evaluation, which led to the creation of 3ie.

Dr Levine holds a BS in biochemistry from Cornell University and a PhD in economic demography from Johns Hopkins University.

Abdoulaye Gounou is currently the head, Bureau of Public Policy Evaluation and Government Action Analysis, Presidency, Benin. He is responsible for Benin’s national evaluation system and is the prime mover behind the West African Capacity-building and Impact Evaluation Program, supported by 3ie and Hewlett Foundation. From 2006 to 2013, he worked as a technical advisor to several ministers, including, economy and finance; business promotion; and an advisor to the prime minister on public-private partnerships. He was also the director-general of structural reforms and of good governance promotion (2013-2015) and then of evaluation in the Office of the Prime Minister (2015-2016). Abdoulaye has a diploma of Advanced Professional Studies in Business Administration and Project Management, with a Masters in Business Law. He has also worked with Danida managing a private sector development programme and a microfinance institution. He has also managed projects in Burkina Faso and Togo, as well as in Benin.

Alex Ezeh is a professor of Global Health in the Department of Community Health and Prevention at the Dornsife School of Public Health. He is also a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Center for Global Development, Washington, DC. Prior to this, as executive director of the African Population and Health Research Center, Dr Ezeh guided APHRC to become one of Africa’s foremost regional research centres addressing population, health and education issues. He also directs the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA), an initiative to strengthen the training and retention of academics at African universities. He was a member of the Rockefeller Foundation-Lancet Commission on Planetary Health and currently serves on the Lancet Commission on the Future of Health in Africa. He also co-chairs the Guttmacher-Lancet Commission on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in the Post-2015 World. He is an honorary professor of public health at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa and holds a doctorate in demography.

Carola Alvarez is an Argentinian national with 25 years of experience in international development. She is an expert on evaluation methods, poverty alleviation interventions and human resource development. She has also worked extensively on the design and evaluation of large conditional cash transfer programmes in the Latin American region and on Progresa in Mexico. 

Carola is currently chief of the development effectiveness division at the Inter-American Development Bank, where she led an institution-wide reform to increase the level of empirical evidence used to demonstrate results from the Bank’s work. The number of rigorous impact evaluations in Bank operations went from 5 per cent in 2008 to 40 per cent in 2012.  She has also had high-level managerial experience as general country manager for the Andean Region; and as a core member of the corporate team that negotiated the Bank’s Ninth Capital Increase of Resources; among other roles.

Elizabeth M King is a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Previously, she was acting vice-president for the human development network before retiring in September 2014. She was the World Bank’s director of education from 2008- 2014, during which time she was the technical head and senior spokesperson for global policy issues related to education. She also led the development of the Bank’s current education strategy and served as its senior representative in global partnerships on education. Other roles at the Bank included research manager for human development issues, lead economist for the human development department for East Asian countries, co-author of three World Development Reports and member of the Research Committee. 

Elizabeth is currently a co-editor of the Comparative Education Review, a frequent reviewer for economics journals, and member of the advisory boards of CAMFED, Teach for All and the World Bank’s Africa Gender Innovation Lab. Before joining the World Bank, she taught economics at University of the Philippines, UCLA and Tulane University and lectured at the Graduate Program in International Policy Studies in Tokyo and the Université d'Auvergne. 

She has published articles in professional journals, books and book chapters and blogs on topics such as investments in human capital, gender issues and decentralisation reforms. She has worked in countries as diverse as Bangladesh, Colombia, Ghana, Indonesia, Laos, Nicaragua, Pakistan and the Philippines, among others. She completed her BA and MA from the University of the Philippines, and holds a PhD in Economics from Yale University.

Ian has worked for 40 years in 18 countries on rural development, decentralisation, sustainable livelihoods approaches, community-driven development, and evidence-based policymaking and implementation. Ian is currently leading a research project on evidence-informed practice in Africa at the Centre for Learning on Evaluation and Results Anglophone Africa at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa. He also lectures at the Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance at the University of Cape Town and is a visiting professor the University of Reading, UK. 

Previously, Ian was the deputy director general in South Africa’s Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, where he led the establishment of the national evaluation system. He is also one of the founders of Twende Mbele, a partnership of African government and other M&E agencies that includes Uganda, Benin, South Africa, CLEAR AA and the African Development Bank. Ian has been a 3ie board commissioner since 2012.

Ju-Ho Lee is a professor at KDI School of Public Policy and Management in South Korea.His research interests draw on his nine-year experience as a high-level public servant in the Korean government and National Assembly, including researching human capital and innovation policies, such as changes in the education workforce; innovation in education; innovation ecosystems; and government reforms. He currently serves as a commissioner of the International Commission on Financing the Global Educational Opportunities and as chair of the Education Workforce Initiative.

Professor Lee served as Minister of Education, Science and Technology in South Korea  from 2010-2013. He also worked as Senior Secretary to the President for Education, Science and Culture. As a member of the National Assembly (2004-2008), he was noted for his education reform endeavors and active lawmaking.

His publications include Human Capital and Development: Lessons and Insights from Korea’s Transformation (2018) and Positive Changes: the Education, Science & Technology Policies of Korea (2012).

Professor Lee holds BA and MA degrees from Seoul National University and a PhD in Economics from Cornell University.

Prior to his post as director for the Center for Education and Social Studies in Mexico, Miguel as undersecretary for planning and evaluation at the Ministry of Social Development of Mexico, and as undersecretary for middle education at the Ministry of Education.
Miguel has been professor at Oxford University, the Centre of Economic Studies at El Colegio de México and the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México. He has authored 80 academic publications.

Oumoul Ba Tall is the Secretary General of Mauritania’s national evaluation association (Association Mauritanienne de suivi-evaluation), which she helped establish. She was formerly President of the International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation. Oumoul has 19 years of professional experience, including in the fields of auditing, accounting, evaluation, organizational, microenterprise, microfinance, and community-based development. She is active in a wider movement to build and strengthen evaluation systems worldwide. She is also the executive director of OKT-Consult, an audit and management consultancy business she started in 1997 in Nouakchott, Mauritania.


3ie members include public and private donors, government agencies, NGOs from low- and middle-income countries, and international NGOs working in development. Together, they form a diverse global community united by a shared commitment to using evidence from rigorous impact evaluations and systematic reviews to improve their policies and programmes. Visit our members page to see the full list of members. 

Types of membership and engagement

3ie's members, the governing board and management recently updated our membership structure. The new two-tier system promotes more ways to participate in 3ie activities and offers tailored member benefits. The two membership categories are Evidence Champion and Global Evidence Champion. There are four broad areas of collaboration for all members: 

  • Advising and contributing to 3ie governance;
  • Championing and promoting evidence;
  • Contributing to the 3ie membership network; and
  • Receiving services as a 3ie member. 

This model will allow members to tailor their collaboration to their own strategic priorities. It also allows 3ie to focus on supporting our community of practice and increase our evaluation advocacy and support efforts, while providing members with opportunities to leverage our network to promote impact evaluations, systematic reviews, mapping and building national M&E systems. 

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Membership benefits 

  • Participate in 3ie’s community of practice for evidence-informed decision-making. We organise an annual 3ie members’ conference, where participants share their experiences producing and using evidence to inform decision-making, discuss their membership priorities and contribute to the 3ie agenda. We also organise peer-learning events with member governments and other development agencies.
  • Commission a variety of 3ie services. Members can avail themselves of any of 3ie’s fee-based services, including our production and/or assuring the quality of an impact evaluation, systematic review or evidence gap map. They can also seek capacity development workshops or organise joint events. Visit our services page for examples and further details.
  • Help set 3ie’s strategic priorities. Members play a key role in 3ie’s governance, electing board commissioners and discussing the strategic direction of 3ie at the members’ conference.
  • Promote your work through 3ie’s network. We will advertise events, jobs and your calls for funding through our website and bimonthly newsletter.
  • Be eligible for 3ie bursaries. To participate in training sessions, events, present evidence, collaborate or network. Learn more, visit our bursary page

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