Julia Fischer-Mackey’s research examines the politics of evidence and the relationship between research and contemporary international development policy and practice. Her dissertation work analyzes the implications of the rise of randomized control trials for the development sector and explores questions of generalizability and different types of research’s usefulness from the perspective of development practitioners. She currently works with Professor Jonathan Fox and the Accountability Research Center (ARC).
Prior to coming to American University, Julia spent a decade conducting research and leading monitoring, evaluation and learning efforts at organizations including Oxfam America and the Global Health Delivery Project at Harvard. She has experience in health, agricultural, gender equity, financial inclusion, and educational programming.
Julia holds a B.A. from Brown University in African and Latin American History and an M.A. from the University of Sussex (UK) in Environment, Development and Policy. Her research has been published in Third World Quarterly, and by the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie), Oxfam, and the Rockefeller Foundation.
Broad, R, Fischer-Mackey, J. 2017. “From Extractivism towards Buen Vivir: Mining Policy as an Indicator of a New Development Paradigm Prioritising the Environment.” Third World Quarterly 38, n.6, pp.1327-1349. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01436597.2016.1262741
Naeve, K, Fischer-Mackey, J, Puri, J, Bhatia, R and Yegbemey, R, 2017. “Evaluating Advocacy: An Exploration of Evidence and Tools to Understand What Works and Why.” 3ie Working Paper 29. New Delhi: International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie). http://www.3ieimpact.org/en/publications/working-papers/working-paper-29/
“From Extractivism towards Buen Vivir: Mining Policy as an Indicator of a New Development Paradigm Prioritizing the Environment”, with Robin Broad. Change in Environmental Law and Development: The Global Struggle from Plunder ‘Extractivism’ toward a New Paradigm of ‘Buen Vivir’ , Chaired by Pamela Martin. International Studies Association Annual Convention, Baltimore, MD, 24 Feb, 2017
Panelist. Scholar-Activists as Change-Makers: A town-hall meeting on using research for justice. Chaired by J. Ann Tickner, International Studies Association Annual Convention, Baltimore, MD, 25 Feb, 2017
“Including Children and Youth in Participatory Design and Review Processes: ChildFund International's Experience”, Climbing the accountability mountain -- Four INGOs' experiences implementing participatory reflection processes, Chaired by Kent Glenzer. Evaluation 2014: Visionary Evaluation for a Sustainable, Equitable Future. American Evaluation Association, Denver, CO, 18 Oct, 2014
“Evaluating Oxfam America and the World Food Programmes' R4 Rural Resilience Initiative in Ethiopia and Senegal: Approaches, findings, and lessons learned”, with Malgosia Madajewicz. Chaired by Michael Bamberger, Evaluation 2013: The State of Evaluation in the 21st Century. American Evaluation Association, Washington, DC, 19 Oct, 2013
Discussant. The Evolving Role of the International NGO in Program Evaluation: How to Manage the Tensions. Chaired by Michael Bamberger. Evaluation 2013: The State of Evaluation in the 21st Century. American Evaluation Association, Washington, DC, 19 Oct, 2013