Jean Arkedis is the senior director and practice lead for evaluation and adaptive learning (EAL) at Results for Development, which works with partners to devise new strategies to address health and education problems and to generate evidence as they design, test and iterate on them. Since co-founding the practice several years ago, Jean has worked to develop R4D’s EAL approach and strategy, oversee the implementation of a number of large initiatives and a build a growing team.
Since 2012, she has collaborated with researchers at the Harvard Kennedy School on R4D’s transparency for development program, a multi-country effort to design, test and rigorously evaluate whether engaged citizens can devise effective community-based strategies to improve maternal and newborn health. Since 2015, she has also led the monitoring, evaluation and learning strategy for R4D’s pneumonia treatment program which is funded through a $12 million GiveWell incubation grant.
In 2017, she helped co-design the concept for the health systems strengthening accelerator, a $200 million global program which marries a systems-thinking, problem-driven approach with evidence generation and adaptive learning to help countries solve tough health systems problems. Jean currently leads the evidence generation and adaptive learning pillar of the accelerator. She also co-designed and serves as a technical advisor to rapid feedback MERL, a program launched through USAID’s global development lab which seeks to use feedback to improve the performance of USAID partner programs.
Jean joined R4D from the Clinton Health Access Initiative, where she launched and managed a portfolio of impact evaluations in Tanzania, Kenya, and Uganda to test innovative interventions to improve access, uptake and appropriate use of malaria treatment. Previously, she worked on aid reform and development programs in Africa at the State Department, USAID and on a fellowship rotation to the Center for Global Development.
Jean has a master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a BA from Duke University. She lives with her family in Cambridge, Massachusetts.