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.


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.

Matthew Klick, PhD | Sr. Researcher

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.

Kristen Schubert, MA | Sr. Economist

Kristen is an economist with experience in applied economic analysis and growth diagnostics as well as monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and socio-economic impact analyses. She specializes in cost-benefit analysis (CBA) and has applied this tool for global U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) missions in energy, water, health, transport and agriculture sectors and taught courses for government officials, private sector actors, and graduate students. She joins Causal Design after over 10 years of working for USAID, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and consulting for the European Union. Kristen holds a Master’s degree from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, where she studied in International Relations in Conflict Studies, concentrating on Quantitative Methods in Economics.

Patrick Baxter, MIDP | Economist

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.

Beth Maclin, MPH | 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.


Nathan Ives, MA | Jr. Economist

Nathan is a 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.


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 graduated 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.