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“Visiting and learning from program implementers is always inspiring. These are folks who identify and act on opportunities to improve lives in their communities.”

Daniel Plaut is a program officer working on education, specializing in evaluation and adaptive learning, collaborative learning, and amplifying innovation. He focuses on bringing attention to and increasing the impact of innovations that expand education access and improve learning outcomes for children and youth. By conducting qualitative research and analysis, helping to design and implement program evaluations, and facilitating adaptive and collaborative learning initiatives, he encourages shared knowledge across the education landscape.

Throughout his time at R4D, Mr. Plaut has worked alongside innovative program implementers to evaluate and enhance their initiatives. He was central to the development of R4D’s Center for Education Innovations and managed its country and regional hubs in Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria and India. Under R4D’s role as the Pearson Foundation’s evaluation and learning partner, Mr. Plaut leads R4D’s adaptive learning engagement with the ProLiteracy program to develop an adult literacy and employability web-platform. Mr. Plaut also leads R4D’s engagement with USAID’s YouthPower Learning initiative, chairing a community of practice on cross-sectoral skills development in low- and middle-income countries. He has also contributed to several R4D reports on education innovation and scale, skills for employability and the intersection of health and education, and contributed to an evaluation of citizen-led assessments of learning in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Other recent work includes time spent on the Journeys to Scale report documenting the path to scale for promising education innovations.

Before R4D, Mr. Plaut worked with several international education and conflict resolution organizations including World Learning, Search for Common Ground and the Global Peace Exchange, where he co-led the establishment of an academic resource center at Bukomero Primary School in Rwanda. He also worked as a writer and copy editor for Think Africa Press, where he contributed articles on conflict and development initiatives in Southern and East Africa.

Mr. Plaut holds an MSc in violence, conflict and development from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies and a BA in international affairs and music production from Florida State University. He is fluent in English and Portuguese, and has intermediate proficiency in Spanish.

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