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Benita O'Colmain

Fellow and Technical Director

Benita O'Colmain has more than 30 years of experience in the design of evaluation and survey research studies and in the development of quantitative survey instruments, both domestically and internationally. She has worked as the senior survey specialist on the Food for Peace (FFP) baseline studies in Burundi, Madagascar, Malawi, Nepal, Guatemala, Haiti, Niger, Uganda, and Zimbabwe, leading the survey design, data entry, data processing, analytic components, and final report writing team for these large-scale population-based household surveys.

Ms. O'Colmain has a strong statistical and methodological background with expertise in all phases of survey and evaluation research and substantial training and experience in statistical methods for survey research, including sampling, weighting, estimation, and variance for complex survey designs as well as analytic research methods, including meta-analysis, survival analysis, regression analysis, principal components analysis, factor analysis, and simulation. She also has significant experience with data analysis software, including SAS, SPSS, STATA, CSPro, and EpiData and with anthropometric software such as WHO Anthro and EpiInfo.

Ms. O'Colmain has also served as the senior evaluation specialist for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Haiti Baseline Study, a multisectoral study of post-earthquake Haiti, and she has significant experience in the design of impact evaluations for development projects.

Ms. O'Colmain has an M.P.H. in Biostatistics from Yale University.