Alicia Menendez is a Principal Research Scientist in the International Projects department at NORC and Research Associate Professor in the Harris School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago.
Menendez 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.
Menendez is the Principal Investigator on USAID’s Reading and Access Evaluation Projects, a $25 million endeavor that evaluates 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 serves as the Impact Evaluation Leader for USAID/Uganda Impact and Performance Evaluation of the Literacy Achievement and Retention Activity (LARA) in Uganda that on early grade reading and school related gender based violence (SRGBV) in primary institutions.
Menendez 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 Menendez 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.