Stakeholders in experiments: rewards and risks

Speaker: Heather Lanthorn, senior manager, IDinsight

Chair:  Stuti Tripathi, senior policy and evidence uptake officer, 3ie

Chief discussant: Colin Bangay, senior education adviser, DFID India

Date: 27 April 2016, 3.30-5.00 p.m

Venue: Seminar hall 1, Kamladevi complex, India International Centre, New Delhi -110003


Researchers involved in social policy experimentation and evaluation are increasingly considering the importance of a variety of stakeholders and policy champions. However, identifying and mapping them also needs to be accompanied by detailed analysis of the risks and rewards that an experiment can impose on different stakeholders. Such analysis, using a political economy lens, is important for designing both a feasible programme and a suitable, useful evaluation.

Using the example of the Affordable Medicines Facility-malaria (AMFm) in Ghana, Heather Lanthorn will try to answer a key question that arises out of such experiments: why might variety of stakeholders hesitate to participate in a large-scale experimental pilot seeking to provide affordable medicines for a disease that is not just deadly, but is also resource intensive? 

About the speaker: Heather is a senior manager at the IDinsight’s India office. Her research work and direct project management experience, including with Innovations for Poverty Action in Ghana, focused on health and health systems. Heather holds a BA in Anthropology from Wake Forest University, a Masters of Public Health from the University of Michigan School of Public Health (focused on health behaviour), and a Doctorate of Science from Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health (focused on health systems). She received a Fulbright scholarship to research diabetes in Chennai, India.

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