Innovation Field Lab- New York Project
Institutional theory and development policy analysis; program evaluation; citizen empowerment and accountable states
Ryan Sheely a Senior Researcher in Governance at Mercy Corps and a Research Fellow with the Innovation Field Lab- New York Project at Harvard Kennedy School's Ash Center.
Sheely's teaching, research, and policy engagements are focused on using mixed methods to design and evaluate programs focused on empowering citizens and building effective, accountable states.
From 2009-2018 Sheely was an Assistant/Associate Professor of Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School. He received my PhD in Political Science from Yale University. He has worked with a variety of organizations to design and evaluate innovative governance and service delivery programs, including Innovations for Poverty Action, UNICEF, and the World Bank Development Impact Evaluation (DIME) Initiative. Sheely is also the co-founder of the SAFI Project, a nonprofit organization that coordinates waste management and recycling activities in northern Kenya. As part of these policy analysis engagements, Sheely has conducted quantitative and qualitative research in both Kenya and Sierra Leone, including randomized evaluations, surveys, and extensive archival, interview, and ethnographic fieldwork.