Luz Azlor del Valle

My name is Luz Azlor del Valle, the new Assistant Research Officer at EDI. I am an experienced researcher who is building a career to make a meaningful impact in low and middle income countries through data collection and analysis.

I have always been passionate about the development and humanitarian sectors, but it was from a lecture during my Master’s degree that my interest for impact evaluation was sparked. Diving deeper into the literature and findings on aid effectiveness shaped my determination to get involved. I was happy to learn that there is a whole community of people all around the world with this same concern, in which grassroot communities, academics, development agencies and governments work together towards a common goal.

Soon after that lecture, I joined UNICEF’s Supply Division team, where I was in charge of collecting information from over 100 countries in order to put in place a database with the different procedures for customs clearance.

My first experience breaching between policy makers and university, was built up on my master’s thesis, after which I was hired as a research assistant at Aarhus University. The research project’s aim was to assess the effectiveness of the Danish dispersal policy on the integration of refugees into the labour market. This experience was a cornerstone in my career, as it involved hands-on research, analysis and appropriate communication skills with professors, government bodies and funding partners.

Before joining EDI, I was based in Sierra Leone for 15 months working as the Field Coordinator of a randomized control trial. The project was an evaluation of different pay-for-performance structures in a multi-layered organization developed by researchers from Pompeu Fabra and Northwestern universities in collaboration with the CHW representatives. It involved extensive primary data collection in the field, implemented by NBI, a local consulting firm. I was responsible for the configuration and implementation of several surveys, as well as the training of interviewers and monitoring the collected data. Furthermore, I coordinated with partners in the field and overseas, including the Ministry of Health and Sanitation of Sierra Leone.

Now at EDI, I have joined a team of professional and experienced researchers that share the goal of enlightening decision makers with high quality data. Through the detailed induction program they had ready for me, not only have I learned about EDI’s investment on developing the knowledge and skills of the staff, but also about how they ensure data quality with a well-structured and documented methodology. Being part of an organization aligned with my career and personal goals, I look forward to further developing my research skills and delivering clients reliable work that will assist them to make informed decisions.