The Ghana II Compact is a partnership between the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and the Government of Ghana to strengthen the country’s power sector.
- International Development
- Design and Implementation of Longitudinal Surveys in Developing Countries
- Design and Implementation of Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Evaluations
- Early Childhood Health and Nutrition
- Primary and Secondary Education
- Early Childhood
- International Research
- Human Services
Nicholas Ingwersen has experience designing and implementing large-scale longitudinal surveys of individuals, households, and communities in developing countries. His research includes experimental and quasi-experimental evaluations of the impact of development programs and of the effects of unexpected shocks on health and economic behavior in developing countries.
Ingwersen currently works on randomized evaluations of the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s education improvement project in Georgia, which includes infrastructure rehabilitation and teacher training activities. He has a key role in the evaluation of the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s community-based nutrition program in Indonesia, which aims to reduce rates of child stunting in rural communities. He also works on the evaluation of the MasterCard Foundation Scholars program, which provides scholarships, mentoring, transition support, and networking to academically promising but economically disadvantaged secondary and postsecondary students in sub-Saharan Africa and other parts of the developing world.
Before joining Mathematica in 2015, Ingwersen worked on a project that conducted longitudinal surveys of individuals and households living in coastal communities in the Indonesian provinces of Aceh and North Sumatra at the time of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. He led the design and implementation of an innovative project that used touch-screen computers with real monetary payments to study the impact of the tsunami on the economic and social preferences, including risk aversion, altruism, and trust. He also worked on the implementation of a randomized evaluation of an iron supplementation program on the economic behavior of people in a rural Indonesian village.
Ingwersen has presented research at the American Economic Association, Population Association of America, and North East Universities Development Consortium annual meetings. His work has been published in the American Journal of Public Health, and he holds a Ph.D. in public policy from Duke University.
Georgia: Impact Evaluation of the General Education Project
The Millennium Challenge Corporation supported Georgia’s Improving General Education Quality Project. This project involved training of STEM teachers and improvements to school facilities. Mathematica’s study required multiple evaluation designs and data collection activities.
Burkina Faso: Impact Evaluation Design and Implementation for BRIGHT 1 and 2
The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) sponsored the “Burkinabé Response to Improve Girls’ Chances to Succeed,” or BRIGHT program, to improve the educational outcomes of children in Burkina Faso. Its primary focus was girls, and it was implemented in 132 villages.
Niger: Education and Community Strengthening Impact Evaluation
The Niger Education and Community Strengthening program seeks to improve educational opportunities available to children while strengthening links between local communities and state structures. Mathematica is designing and conducting a rigorous evaluation of the initiative.
Indonesia: Evaluating a Nutrition Project Focused on Reducing Stunting
This project in Indonesia seeks to improve a range of maternal and child health outcomes, particularly stunting, with the ultimate goal of reducing poverty.