Jamie McPike is a researcher at AIR, with specific expertise in qualitative, ethnographic research methods, and South Asia. At AIR, Dr. McPike has led and contributed to several mixed-methods evaluations on diverse topics including: education for refugee and other displaced communities, child literacy development, economic empowerment and livelihood enhancement, WASH sectoral reform, and youth violence (funded by USAID, UNICEF, UNCHR, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation).
Dr. McPike is currently the project lead for two evaluations on WASH sectoral reform in Lusaka, Zambia, funded by the Millennium Challenge Corporation. She also conducted a political economy assessment and policy landscape analysis for a project funded by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development on the use of Pay for Success (i.e., performance-based contracting) to reduce homelessness in Maryland. Dr. McPike has extensive expertise distilling complex findings into unique and compelling formats that are legible to multiple audiences, particularly policymakers. In this vein, she has led several “policy storytelling” courses and projects that use multi-media to more effectively convey research findings to inform decision-making.