Thomas De Hoop
Thomas de Hoop serves as a senior researcher for AIR in Washington D.C. Dr. de Hoop has 10 years of experience coordinating mixed-methods impact evaluations in South Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin-America. He oversees research and evaluation projects in Bangladesh, India, Jordan, Rwanda, and Sudan with a focus on education, nutrition, early childhood development, and affordable housing. These research projects aim to contribute to evidence-informed policy by relying on rigorous yet flexible evaluation designs that are based on a comprehensive theory of change.
Dr. de Hoop is currently the project director on a two-year research project supported by UNICEF, UNHCR, and DFID that aims to determine the impact and scalability of five education projects in refugee contexts. For this project, he is the principal investigator for a mixed-methods evaluation of a program that aims to improve learning outcomes by developing mathematical and reading games on tablets for refugee children in Sudan and Jordan. In addition, he is the co-principal investigator for an evaluation of a tertiary education program that offers refugees in Rwanda the opportunity to obtain a U.S. accredited bachelor’s degree.
Dr. de Hoop is the principal investigator on two other projects, one with BRAC Bangladesh and the other with the UK Government’s Department for International Development. The first is a two-year cluster-randomized controlled trial to determine the impact of BRAC’s early childhood development and nutrition programs on children’s cognitive and motor skills and nutrition outcomes in Bangladesh; the second is a five-year mixed-methods evaluation of a DFID-supported affordable housing program in India. Dr. de Hoop also leads the meta-analysis for systematic reviews that focus on reading outcomes in Latin-America, and the effectiveness of development programs to stimulate women’s participation in higher-skilled occupations.
His previous research focused on impact evaluations and systematic reviews with an emphasis on gender, health, education, and social protection. Dr. de Hoop conducted impact evaluations of women’s self-help group programs in India, a gender socialization program in Uganda, malaria education and health insurance programs in Ghana, and water and sanitation programs in Peru. He also conducted a systematic review on the effects of women’s self-help groups on women’s empowerment, and a synthesis review of evaluations of UNICEF-supported basic education programs. Furthermore, Dr. de Hoop led the design of a strategy for future impact evaluation work in UNICEF’s education office. As an evaluation specialist for 3ie in New Delhi, India, Dr. de Hoop was responsible for coordinating the review and quality assurance of 10 impact evaluation grants awarded under the Social Protection Thematic Window.
Dr. de Hoop has disseminated findings from impact evaluations and systematic reviews to policy makers of DFID, UNICEF, USAID, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Netherlands, and the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation as well as several policy makers from developing country governments and non-governmental organizations. Examples include the Ministry of Economic Planning and Development in Malawi, the Department of Education in the Philippines, and BRAC Bangladesh.
White, H., Sabarwal S. & T. de Hoop. (2014). Randomized controlled trials (RCTs). Methodological Briefs: Impact Evaluation 7, UNICEF Office of Research, Florence.