Alicia is an economist with over 20 years of experience conducting evaluation research in education, health, labor markets and household behavior in developing countries. She has designed and managed numerous quantitative (experimental and quasi-experimental design) impact evaluations and overseen household surveys with large data collection teams. She also has participated in qualitative data collection efforts using traditional and innovative techniques.
Alicia was the Principal Investigator on USAID’s Reading and Access Evaluation Projects, a $25 million endeavor that evaluated the impact and cost effectiveness of USAID-funded projects aimed at improving reading and at increasing equitable access to education in fragile and conflict-affected environments. She also served as the Impact Evaluation Leader for USAID/Uganda Impact and Performance Evaluation of the Literacy Achievement and Retention Activity (LARA) in Uganda that focuses on early grade reading and school related gender based violence (SRGBV) in primary institutions.
Alicia has published her research and evaluation work in many peer-reviewed journals and has taught numerous courses for undergraduate and graduate students, executive programs, government officials, practitioners, teachers, and others.
Among the countries where Alicia has conducted research and evaluations are Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Ghana, Guatemala, El Salvador, Ethiopia, France, India, Jordan, Malawi, Morocco, Nepal, Mongolia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
Universidad Torcuato Di Tella
Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires
Appointments & Affiliations
Research Associate Professor
University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy
opens in new tab"Evaluation of the Accelerated Quality Education for Liberian Children Activity (AQE)."
Report | April 11, 2022
opens in new tab"Attrition in Randomized Control Trails: Evidence from Early Education Interventions in Sub-Saharan Africa."
Working Paper | February 9, 2022
opens in new tab"Using SMS and Parental Outreach to Improve Early Reading Skills in Zambia."
Journal Article | December 6, 2021
opens in new tab"Summary Report: Benchmarking Early Grade Reading Skills in Nguni Languages."
Report | December 7, 2020
opens in new tab"Technical Report: Benchmarking Early Grade Reading Skills in Nguni Languages."
Report | December 7, 2020
opens in new tab"Exploring Young Women’s Menstruation-Related Challenges in Uttar Pradesh, India, Using the Socio-Ecological Framework."
Journal Article | August 13, 2020
opens in new tab"Understanding Young Women’s Experiences of Gender Inequality in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh through Story Circles."
Journal Article | May 12, 2020
opens in new tab"Techniques for Effective Teaching Program in Ghana."
Report | April 29, 2019