Regarding our work with evidence translators, we’ve found that beyond their technical ability with evidence, their political savvy, credibility and commitment to evidence and objectivity were seen as most important to their success. And you can have participatory processes even in contexts where they are not the norm.”
Caroline Poirrier is an expert in transparency, citizen engagement and accountability with over 10 years of experience leading research and collaborative learning programs, with an added focus on data for development and promoting evidence-informed decisions.
Now an R4D senior program officer working in the Governance and Citizen Engagement practice, she leads a research project examining the role of evidence translators in policymaking, including reviews of Ghana’s National Health Insurance Scheme and Buenos Aires’ reformed Right-To-Information law. She works on the Results Initiative, a project led by Development Gateway that co-develops innovations to improve use of quality data in Tanzania and Malawi, and manages the Secretariat for the Governance Data Alliance.
In the past, she managed R4D’s Transparency and Accountability Program (TAP3), supporting civil society organizations’ efforts to monitor and improve the quality of public spending and service delivery in Sub-Saharan Africa. She also developed options for strengthening monitoring and accountability around Family Planning 2020.
Before joining R4D, Ms. Poirrier worked at the International Budget Partnership, an organization that collaborates with civil society around the world to use budget analysis to improve governance and reduce poverty. At IBP, her work focused on the Open Budget Initiative, a global research and advocacy program that promotes public access to budget information and the adoption of accountable budget systems. She also worked on the Ask Your Government! Initiative, an ambitious effort to document public access to budget information in 80 countries.
Ms. Poirrier holds a master’s in international development from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a BA in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania. She speaks English and French.