Connecting the Dots: Data, Technology, and Development

by International Development Group

Club Event Speaker IT Cohort 2030 and Sustainable Deve... Economic Development

Tue, 17 Apr 2018

12:00 PM – 1:20 PM

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5000 Forbes Avenue, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, United States

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Following the great discussion with Sarah Mendelson and the Sustainable Development Goals, IDG will be hosting Professor Haviland and Professor Mertz to talk about the skills and work needed to advance development. Professor Haviland will discuss the need for robust program evaluation to ensure efficiency and impact. Evidence-based program evaluation can help us make social development programs sustainable and effective. Additionally, she will talk about how these skills are marketable for careers in development. Professor Mertz will speak about how information communication technology for development (ICT4D) is a growing field that encompasses people with diverse backgrounds and interests. Professor Mertz will expand on how these technological skills can be used for development.

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5000 Forbes Avenue, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, United States


Amelia Haviland

Dr. Haviland’s research focuses on causal analysis with observational data and analysis of longitudinal and complex survey data applied to policy issues in health and criminology. For example, she recently led a team of researchers assessing the effects of high deductible account-based health insurance plans on health care costs, use, and disparities in the most comprehensive study on the topic to date. Other health policy work involves assessing mechanisms for health disparities for Medicare recipients and exploring connections between patient safety and recent reductions in medical malpractice claims. An example of her work in criminology is methodological work extending group-based trajectory modeling (semi-parametric longitudinal mixture models) to address causal questions with application to assessing the effect of gang membership on violent delinquency. She currently serves on the National Research Council Panel tasked with assessing the research evidence on whether there is a deterrent effect of the death penalty. This and other work of Dr. Haviland’s has been published in journals such as PsychometrikaPsychological MethodsReview of Economics and StatisticsJournal of Human ResourcesSurvey MethodologyCriminologyHealth AffairsHealth Services ResearchMedical Care, and the Forum for Health Economics and Policy.

Joseph Mertz

His teaching focuses on two threads: developing technical-professional leadership skills and using technology for development.

Since 1998 he has developed and taught a "Technology Consulting in the Community" course that has engaged highly talented students as technology consultants helping over 300 nonprofit organizations, schools, and businesses in the Pittsburgh region.

Using the same capacity-building IT consulting model, he directs the international program, Technology Consulting in the Global Community, that has sent over a hundred students to fourteen developing countries to help government ministries and NGOs improve their strategic use of technology.

Joe has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Computer Science (from Penn State and the University of Southern California), and a Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon. Between degrees, he worked as a systems software developer for Bell Laboratories for 5 years.

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