Galina Lapadatova is an expert in mixed-methods evaluations, with over 10 years of experience implementing mixed-methods program evaluations in North and West Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the United States.
Currently, Lapadatova is leading a case study on how the history and sociopolitical context of gender identity in Argentina are incorporated into national surveys, and conducting a cross-case analysis comparing experiences of the Census Bureaus in Argentina, Canada, and the UK. She also leads baseline data collection implementation and analysis for an energy project intended to increase reliability and access to electricity in Senegal. In addition, Lapadatova is leading a midline qualitative analysis for an education project that aims to improve the quality of secondary education in Morocco; this project consists of an impact evaluation and a qualitative study and is funded by the Millennium Challenge Corporation.
Since joining Mathematica in 2010, Lapadatova has supported the design, implementation, analysis, and dissemination of international evaluations of agricultural projects focusing on irrigation, farmer training, and land reform in Niger; large electricity generation and distribution projects in Benin; secondary education and workforce development projects in Guatemala; youth assessments in Morocco and Guinea; and early grade reading interventions across the Latin America and Caribbean region. She has also supported several domestic early childhood development, education, and nutrition evaluations. For example, Lapadatova served as a deputy project director for the Harlem Children’s Zone longitudinal study for which she designed and piloted instruments, oversaw multiple rounds of data collection, analyzed data, and disseminated findings to the client.
Lapadatova is a native speaker of Bulgarian, is fluent in French, Spanish, and Macedonian, and has a professional working proficiency in Russian. She holds a master’s degree in public policy with program distinction from Monmouth University, a bachelor’s degree in political science with program distinction from Stockton University, and a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the University of National and World Economy.