In 2011, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WSH) team partnered with USAID’s Development Innovation Ventures to establish WASH for Life, a $17 million pool of dedicated funding for innovative water, sanitation, and hygiene projects with the potential to scale.
- Design and implementation of experimental and nonexperimental evaluations
- Quantitative analysis
- Behavioral economics
- International development
- Early Childhood
- Water and Sanitation
Clair Null has experience conducting large-scale randomized evaluations of programs to improve child health in developing countries, with an emphasis on household decision making related to investments in water, sanitation, hygiene, and nutrition.
Null currently serves as deputy project director for the evaluation of the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s Nutrition program in Indonesia. Before joining Mathematica in 2014, she was an assistant professor of global health at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, where she taught graduate courses on public health economics and monitoring and evaluation. She is the co-principal investigator for the WASH Benefits study in Kenya, a cluster-randomized controlled trial of water, sanitation, hygiene, and nutrition interventions delivered alone and in combination during the first two years of life. The study has enrolled more than 8,000 pregnant women in rural western Kenya and will provide objective evidence to policymakers on the impacts of these interventions on child growth and development. Null also served as a co-principal investigator for the SaniPath study, a multidisciplinary risk assessment of exposure to fecal contamination in low-income urban neighborhoods of Accra, Ghana. Following intensive data collection, the SaniPath team produced a toolkit for rapid assessment that governments, civil society, and citizens’ organizations can use to identify key risks resulting from inadequate sanitation infrastructure in densely populated settlements.
Null’s work has appeared in peer-reviewed publications, including Maternal and Child Nutrition; Journal of Public Economics; Journal of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene for Development; and BMJ Open. She also serves as a reviewer for journals such as World Bank Economic Review and Globalization and Health, among others. Null holds a Ph.D. in agricultural and resource economics from the University of California, Berkeley.
Process Evaluation of the WASH for Life Partnership Between the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Team and USAID’s Development Innovation Ventures
The Partnership to Strengthen Innovation and Practice in Secondary Education
PSIPSE is a multidonor collaborative that works in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, India, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda. Mathematica supports the collaborative in implementing the monitoring framework and preparing briefs and presentations to share PSIPSE’s vision.
Cabo Verde: Improving Performance in the WASH Sector
This project aims to increase access, utilization, and quality of services and facilities in Cabo Verde while reducing consumer costs by supporting national policy reform, promoting the corporatization of utilities, and creating a funding mechanism for infrastructure projects.
Indonesia: Impact Evaluation for Community-Based Health and Nutrition to Reduce Stunting
This project in Indonesia seeks to improve a range of maternal and child health outcomes, particularly stunting, with the ultimate goal of reducing poverty.
New Reports Highlight What We Know—and Still Need to Find Out—to Improve Secondary Education in Developing Countries
Remarkable strides have been made in increasing the number of children receiving a primary education around the globe. However, many children are not able to transition to secondary school and receive the high quality and relevant education that positions them for success later in life.