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Jonathan Lain

Economist, World Bank Group

Jonathan Lain

Before moving on from Oxfam GB, Jonathan worked as a Global Impact Evaluation Adviser. He provided specialist advice on tools, methods, and processes for undertaking rigorous impact evaluation on Oxfam's projects. He worked on a range of focused evaluations of a random sample of Oxfam's projects in order to capture and communicate Oxfam's effectiveness as an organisation and promote effective learning. He worked in particular on evaluating projects aimed at building resilience.

Prior to joining Oxfam, Jonathan completed a PhD in Economics at Oxford University. He previously worked as a Research Consultant for the World Bank and as a Research Assistant for the Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE), where he conducted fieldwork in collaboration with the Ghana Statistical Office on collecting the Ghana Household Urban Panel Survey and the Ghana High-Frequency Labour Force Survey in 2013. Before that, he completed an MSc in Economics for Development, with distinction, at Oxford University and received a First Class degree, also from Oxford University, in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

All posts by Jonathan Lain

Household consumption Ethiopia graphic

Real Geek FAQ: How can I measure household income? (Part 2)

In the second of a two-part blog on measuring household income, Oxfam GB's Impact Evaluation Advisers explain their approaches to measuring household wealth. ...

Household consumption Ethiopia graphic

Real Geek: FAQ- How can I measure household income? (Part 1)

In the first of a two-part blog unpacking the above question, Oxfam GB's Impact Evaluation Advisers explain their approaches to measuring household consumption. In Part 2 next week: strategies...

an interview with Oxfam's Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning Officer in Beirut

Real geek: To cluster or not to cluster? Not to cluster...

Getting standard errors right is important for anyone trying to do quantitative impact evaluation. We want to know that any impacts of the project that we observe are real, rather than just the result...

Community participation in resilience building activities, Nepal

Real geek: Rising to the challenge - measuring an expanding concept of resilience in Oxfam’s impact evaluations

Resilience has become central to the development sector in recent years, but conceptually it is still in a state of flux. In this blog post, we explore some of the new challenges associated with...

Data example, realgeek

Real geek: I’ve got the power! Calculating statistical power for matching models by simulation

REAL GEEK: Opinions on research, measurement and evaluation Calculating statistical power - or working out how many people to interview before a survey - can be a challenge, especially if...