​​As part of my consultancy to help the Hewlett Foundation wind down its Nuclear Security Initiative, I was responsible for commissioning a summative evaluation to gauge the impact of the $25M in grants the Initiative made over its seven-year lifespan. I chose the evaluation firm ORS Impact for the contract and was very impressed with the realism they brought to the assessment of policy change work and the way they clued into the lower-profile forms of progress that make the "big wins" possible—the underside of the proverbial icebergREAD MORE

In late-2011, the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, the Center for American Progress, and the Stanley Foundation formed a study group of US and Chinese experts to evaluate the role of the G20 in the US-China bilateral relationship as well as how the relationship influences the G20. After gathering for two conferences in 2012, the group reached consensus on a set of recommendations to improve the efficacy of this important body. Currently China is preparing to host its first G20 summit in 2016.   READ MORE

The Roles of South Africa and the U.S. for the 21st Century International Agenda

As part of a broader inquiry on emerging powers' potential as global leaders, the University of Pretoria Political Science Department and the Stanley Foundation convened US and South African experts. The conference gave participants a chance to trade views on the challenges of preserving a rules-based international order. They wrestled with mutual suspicions that paint the US as being heavy-handed and self-serving and South Africa as too lax toward nations that flout global norms. The discussion helped soften mistrust by delving both sides' views and breaking down stereotypes.  READ MORE 

Revitalizing International Cooperation: A Bipartisan Agenda

In late-2007 I chaired a consensus-building exercise with a bipartisan group of prominent foreign policy experts—many of whom went on to play key roles on both sides of the 2008 campaign. Participants sought policy approaches the next administration could use to work constructively with international partners. Two major sets of issues seemed ripe for bipartisan agreement: counterterrorism in connection with the wider battle of ideas and spreading the benefits of globalization. ​ READ MORE

ORS Impact

TechCongress and Public Interest Technology

​​TechCongress is a San Francisco-based initiative that recruits technology professionals to spend a year on Capitol Hill to help boost Congress’ ability to address critical technology policy issues. After selecting and placing the first three classes of Congressional Innovation Fellows—with steady growth in the size of each class—TechCongress Founding Director Travis Moore had questions he wanted to investigate through an evaluation. Mainly he wanted to know what are the keys for fellows to really contribute to the work of the offices hosting them. As TechCongress strives to show Members of Congress the value of technological expertise, naturally it wants to ensure fellows are as helpful to them as possible. Using an interview protocol I developed together with Travis, my evaluation was an in-depth look at the fellowship experience from the vantage of the fellows as well as the senior staff who supervised them  READ MORE

Evaluating the Hewlett Foundation's Nuclear Security Initiative

US China Study Group on G20 Reform