Causal Design is a for-profit public benefit corporation. Our team of humanitarians, researchers, project managers, and evaluation experts merged with a vision of making evidence-based programming affordable for NGOs, practical to field workers, and digestible to policy makers and the general public.

Together we have decades of experience executing experimental evaluations, collecting data in austere environments, managing community-based programs, and responding to humanitarian emergencies. We are economists, political scientists, data analysts, HR managers, and WatSan engineers. Our specialty: help solve your organization’s challenges quickly, practically, and with the most rigorous methods available.

Keith B. Ives, MIDP | Co-Founder and President

Keith is a leader and logistics guru with a knack for statistical programming and turning impossible situations into successes. Before bringing the Causal Design team together, he consulted for The World Bank and worked for Georgetown University’s Initiative on Innovation, Development, and Evaluation (gui2de) designing mobile phone-based surveys and managing randomized trials in Kenya and Nigeria. Keith has designed evaluations for the Liberian and Rwandan Ministries of Agriculture, executed a growth diagnostic for the Kurdistan Regional Government, coordinated humanitarian responses in Haiti, Nigeria, and the United States, managed economic development projects in Kenya and Burkina Faso, and led Marines during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

RCTs: Cash Transfers in Nigeria, Maternal Health Insurance in Kenya, Soap Operas for Change in Kenya, Land & Water Husbandry in Rwanda, Cash Transfers during Philippine Typhoons (Designed)

Reimar Macaranas, MIDP Co-Founder and Chief Operations Officer

Reimar leverages his years of nonprofit leadership to bring coordination and focus to our team. His intellectual curiosity is seen in his econometric work, growth diagnostics, and detailed economic analysis reports. He is a subject area expert in cash transfer programs, refugee resettlement, and energy policy with a focus on Africa. He has a Master of International Development Policy degree from Georgetown and a BA from the University of Southern California. He has worked on projects with: the Center for Strategic and International Studies; gui2de; Millennium Challenge Corporation; the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, Office of Program Evaluation; and the World Bank, Strategic Impact Evaluation Fund. His most recent work with Causal Design has focused on Growth Diagnostics in Iraq. 

RCTs: Cash & Food Transfers in Uganda, Micro-finance in S. Sudan, Maternal Health Insurance in Kenya, Soap Operas Change in Kenya, Cash Transfers during Philippine Typhoons (Designed)

Patrick Baxter, MIDP Research and Evaluation Manager

Patrick combines his extensive project management and evaluation experience with his expertise in evaluation techniques to create economically rigorous, accessible products. He joins us from Rwanda, where he managed education and finance impact evaluations for the International Growth Centre (IGC), Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), and Georgetown University’s Initiative on Innovation, Development, and Evaluation (gui2de). Previously, Patrick served as an evaluation consultant for our team, as well as for Khulisa Management Services and OzMozis Lda. He has also worked on projects across Rwanda, South Africa, Mozambique, Indonesia, and the Philippines, with the World Bank, UNICEF, and Nathan Associates. He holds a Master of International Development Policy degree from Georgetown University and a BA from College of the Holy Cross.

RCTS: “The Impacts of An Innovative Audit Strategy on the Amount and Incidence of Retail Tax Evasion: Mystery Shoppers and Electronic Billing Machines”, “The Impact of Performance Pay and Pedagogical Training on Test Results, Teach Behavior and Career Choice in Rwandan Primary Schools”

Matthew Klick, PhD Economist

Matthew joins Causal Design with over ten years of field research experience, primarily in remote settings including Central Asia, the Circumpolar North, and throughout Latin America and US West. His emphasis is on community engagement, qualitative and participatory methods, and especially results communication and institutional learning. Matt brings special expertise to each process evaluation, implementation, and impact assessment, while areas of special focus include climate resilience, rural poverty, social determinants of health inequities (with a focus on seasonal and chronic hunger), post-conflict development, local governance, community engagement and development as it relates to the coffee sector. Matt has consulted for clients like Intermedia, Kantar Public, and the World Bank.

Nathan Ives, MA Jr. Economist

Nathan is a recent graduate of Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, where he received a M.A. in International Relations in Southeast Asia concentrating on Quantitative Economics. His experience in nonprofits in Southeast Asia and background in programming dovetails with econometric work, risk analysis, and research. With expertise in humanitarian response, human rights, and forestry, Nathan brings a wide range of topical understanding to evaluation. Nathan speaks Japanese and Bahasa Indonesian. He has worked on humanitarian projects on the Thai-Burma border, community forestry and resource management in conflict areas of Mindanao, and in government relations in Yangon.

Beth Maclin, MPH Mixed Methods Researcher

Beth is a mixed methods researcher and former journalist. She joins Causal Design as a consultant focusing on qualitative methods for evaluation and research. In the past decade, her work has covered topics ranging from the stigmatization of survivors of sexual violence in eastern Congo and drivers of political violence in Bangladesh to the challenges of reintegration of former combatants in central Africa. Beth holds a MPH from Boston University where she concentrated in epidemiology and a bachelor’s degree in communications and political science from Simmons College. Her research interests include identifying the needs of those impacted by humanitarian crises through a gender-inclusive lens and potential points for intervention.

Kati Lebioda, MA Director of Learning and Organizational Management

Kati joins Causal Design after several years working in the U.S. higher education sector. Her in-depth knowledge of higher education policy and finance stems from both her experiences in admissions and student services offices and her work analyzing state and national policy for an association of college presidents. Kati holds a master’s degree in higher education administration from The George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in American culture from the University of Michigan. Kati is passionate about educational equity, lifelong learning, and thinking in creative and innovative ways about our future.


Sonita Khun, MBA | Program Manager

Sonita has more than ten years of experience with both for-profit and nonprofit organizations in a variety of roles, including administration and finance management, project implementation and monitoring, project landscape assessments, and managing baseline, midline, and endline surveys. Sonita joins Causal Design’s Phnom Penh, Cambodia office, where her focus is on local business development and project management, especially overseeing both qualitative and quantitative field data collection. She holds both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in business administration from the National University of Management (Phnom Penh, Cambodia).


Andrew Stewart | Consulting Data Scientist

After filling several roles with Causal Design, Andrew is now with us as a consulting data scientist. This role is focused on improving the way we leverage math and stats in our evaluations, and providing big data and modeling support. Andrew’s diverse experiences – including three combat tours – have helped him develop a unique ability to balance complexity with usability. Andrew studied applied mathematics and statistics at California State University – Sacramento where he began working in program evaluation as a consultant to public, private, and nonprofit sector clients – including Causal Design. He will graduate in December 2017 from Georgetown University with a Masters of Science in Mathematics and Statistics. Andrew’s research interests focus on graph similarity, network analysis, and artificial neural networks.


Mutiara Alam Addini | Research Assistant

Alam is currently a graduate student of Master of International Development Policy at Georgetown University. She spent this past summer supporting the Causal Design Cambodia office on the implementation of an impact evaluation of social capital and Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) project. Coming from Indonesia, her research and work experience has been in economic development, especially for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and Southeast Asia. She previously worked for JICA, assisting the Ministry of Industry in Indonesia to implement a support-delivery model to small industries with cooperation from local government and the private sector. Alam holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Indonesia.


Seth Steinhoff | Research Assistant

Seth is one our Summer Fellows. He is currently pursuing a Master in International Development Policy degree from Georgetown University. With a BA in Political Science, he spent three years living in China, including two as a Peace Corps volunteer. After returning to the U.S. and working with the Bureau of Labor Statistics, he is returning to his field of interest, international development. His primary research interests include microfinance and behavioral economics.



Paul Selling | Intern

Paul is a fall intern with Causal Design and is a senior at Georgetown University. He is pursuing a major in economics with minors in mathematics and government. He studied abroad at the London School of Economics last year and developed a strong interest in global development while abroad. Paul has experience with data science and policy design. His research interests include income inequality and behavioral economics.


Other Experts & Advisors to Causal Design

Sangeetha Madasamy – Research Analyst