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 is the newest member of the Causal Design team. He 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”

 Natalie Rohr  Research Assistant – Economics

Natalie is a recent graduate of Georgetown University, where she received a BA in economics and psychology. Natalie’s background in economics equips her with a strong empirical skill set, and her knowledge of psychology helps in deploying socially-informed methods of assessment for program evaluation.

Her research interests include women’s empowerment and community development approaches to health promotion.



Beth Maclin, MPH Research Consultant

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.

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.

Kaitlyn Bacca Business Development Liaison

Kaitlyn joins Causal Design after five years in USAID contracting, including business development, project management, and field office operations. Prior to entering international development, she worked in reproductive health and foreign policy. Kaitlyn has also volunteered supporting refugee families for nearly a decade through English tutoring, Spanish and Arabic interpretation, and integration mentoring. She holds a bachelor’s degree in international studies and Spanish from the University of South Florida and has experience in Latin America, the Middle East, and Asia.


Other Experts & Advisors to Causal Design

Sangeetha Madasamy – Research Analyst