Director of Global Innovation, Evidence Action
Karen Levy is the Director of Global Innovation at Evidence Action, an organization that scales evidence-based, cost-effective programs to reduce the burden of poverty for millions of people. Previously, she served as the Regional Director of Deworm the World in Africa. Kenya’s National School-Based Deworming Program, which Karen built from a randomized controlled evaluation to a national program, now reaches over 6 million children annually, and has inspired other programs that reach hundreds of millions globally. Karen established Innovations for Poverty Action’s country office in Kenya and served as Country Director from 2006-2010. In 1995, Karen co-founded the Tawasal Institute for community development on Kenya’s coast, and was awarded the Echoing Green Fellowship for her leadership as a social entrepreneur. She received her PhD from the University of London and has lived in Kenya for over 20 years.
Recent work by Karen Levy
As a programme scales, it is important to check that RCT results are replicable and that general equilibrium effects are considered
An RCT conducted in Bangladesh found positive impacts on incomes and calorie consumption; academics and practitioners work together to scale it