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Carlos Echeverría-Estrada

Pronouns: He/Him

Research Scientist
Carlos is an evaluation specialist with a focus on migration studies and complex-adaptive systems.

Carlos holds vast experience in mixed methods designs and complexity-aware approaches to monitoring, evaluation, and learning. He also serves as presenter and instructor to support NORC’s International Programs Department (INPRO) capacity building initiatives and trainings including learning agendas, mixed methods for data collection, evaluation use, and analytical software.  

During his most recent period at NORC, he has led evaluation and research projects across Africa, Eastern Europe, and Latin America in close coordination with local experts and data collection partners to conduct large-scale surveys, semi-structured interviews, focus group discussions, and site observations. His proficiency in French and Spanish allows him to increase INPRO’s sensitivity to local contexts in his projects and facilitate teamwork. Carlos has served as the main liaison with USAID and the Department of Labor to collaborate in designing studies and formulating evaluation questions. He has led teams to accommodate and address the learning opportunities of clients and implementation partners, allocate adequate resources to projects tasks, foster staff members’ learning, and meet contractual deadlines.

Upon his return to NORC, Carlos brought over 12 years of experience in program evaluation and policy analysis. He has worked with a diverse set of research and evaluation teams and sectors, including non-profit organizations, think tanks, academia, private consulting, and the United Nations. His past fieldwork experience includes projects in Canada, Mexico, and the USA to evaluate higher education, early child development, conservation, and business development initiatives. He co-published several peer-reviewed articles on immigration studies and research on evaluation and continues collaborating with scholars in the field of migrant incorporation and immigration policy in the Western Hemisphere.

Education

PhD

Claremont Graduate University

MA

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Honors & Awards

Dissertation Grant and Harold D. Lasswell Special Award | 2020

The Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy

Transdisciplinary Dissertation Award | 2018

Claremont Graduate University

Outstanding Scholar Award | 2015

Claremont Graduate University

Project Contributions

Gender-Based Violence Portfolio Performance Evaluation

Making gender-based violence prevention, protection, and accountability programs more effective

Client:

U.S. Agency for International Development

Leveraging Labor Market Data in Guatemala, El Salvador & Honduras Evaluation

Assessing improvement in quality, use, and understanding of labor market data and its sustainability

Client:

Bureau of International Labor Affairs at the U.S. Department of Labor

Latin America & Caribbean Learning and Rapid Response

Helping USAID respond quickly to democratic backsliding, citizen security, and governance challenges

Client:

U.S. Agency for International Development

Ukraine Monitoring & Learning Support

Providing top quality performance monitoring, GIS services, media monitoring, and surveys

Client:

U.S. Agency for International Development