Estelle R. Raimondo George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA
is a Research Associate and a Ph.D. candidate at the George Washington University’s Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration where she specializes in development evaluation. Prior to joining GWU, Estelle served as an Associate Evaluation Specialist for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). In this capacity, she conducted a number of evaluations and policy reviews especially in Africa and worked closely with the United Nations Evaluation Group on integrating gender into evaluation practice. Over the last five years or so, Estelle has worked on a number of evaluation and research assignments for a range of organizations (e.g., the World Bank, the Independent Evaluation Group, UNEG, the Polish Government, the NSF, The GW Regulatory Center). Her current research focuses on how monitoring and evaluation can contribute to organizational and strategic change in international development agencies. She is exploring issues of evaluation culture, knowledge brokering and result-based management’s adequacy for organizational learning. Estelle is also researching how to adequately combine a range of methodologies stemming from different fields (e.g., quasi-experimental design, Case-based methods and systems-thinking) to address complex issues, such as gender equality. Estelle graduated summa cum laude from the Paris School of International Affairs with an M.A. in International Economic Policy. She also holds a Master of International Affairs in Economic and Political Development from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) where she studied as a Fulbright scholar.