Thomas De Hoop
Thomas de Hoop is a senior researcher and co-director of the international development and development economics practice area for AIR in Washington D.C. Dr. de Hoop has 11 years of experience coordinating mixed-methods impact evaluations and systematic reviews with a focus on South Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, Latin-America, and the Middle East. He oversees research and evaluation projects in India, Jordan, Kenya, Rwanda, and Zambia with a focus on agriculture, technology in education, 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 three-year research project supported by UNICEF, UNHCR, and DFID that aims to determine the effectiveness and barriers and facilitators toward scale of five innovations in education in protracted humanitarian crisis settings. For this project, he is the principal or co-principal investigator for three mixed-methods evaluations that examine the impact and scaling models of a comprehensive technology in education program in Jordan, a tertiary education program in Rwanda, and a remedial education program in Kenya.
Dr. de Hoop is the principal or co-principal investigator on three other projects with a focus on agriculture, housing, the use of technology in education, and vocational and business training. The first is a cluster-randomized controlled trial to determine the impact of an e-learning technology on learning outcomes in Zambia. The second is a 5-year mixed-methods evaluation of a DFID-supported affordable housing program in India. The third is a one-year study to assess differences in socio-economic outcomes between organic, “better,” and conventional cotton farmers in Madhya Pradesh, India.
His previous research focused on impact evaluations and systematic reviews with an emphasis on education, early childhood nutrition, gender, health, and social protection. Dr. de Hoop conducted impact evaluations of early childhood nutrition programs in Bangladesh, 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 co-authored Campbell systematic reviews on the effects of women’s self-help groups on women’s empowerment, and the effects of vocational and business training programs on women’s labor market outcomes. 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, and the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation as well as several policy makers from developing country governments and non-governmental organizations.