Lauren Kelly is a Senior Evaluation Officer and Rural Development Specialist with over 17 years of international evaluation experience. She has led over thirty evaluations with a focus on collaborative and participatory methods, pairing social science with rigorous evaluation methods to deepen understanding about impact. Lauren currently manages a work program focused on the Rural Non-Farm Economy, including guiding and supporting the work of twenty consultants and staff, training and mentoring. Prior, Ms. Kelly led Managing Forest Resources (2012). With a background in conflict management, she has made significant contributions in the field of natural resources, land use, and conflict and has worked extensively on pastoral and farmer relations in Africa.

Ms. Kelly has contributed extensively to developing evaluation quality standards. She co-authored the Sourcebook Evaluating Global and Regional Programs under the auspices of the OECD/DAC Network on Development Evaluation, co-developed the evaluation framework, designed and led the environment and poverty series. She frequently provides technical peer review including for the GEF 4th Overall Performance Study and the Multiple Benefits Evaluation, and internally, she provides panel oversight of project validation and evaluation quality.  She lectures on development evaluation, rural development and tech for M&E at various universities and has multiple related publications.

Prior to joining IEG, Lauren led the United Nations Development Group Review of the Effectiveness and Efficiency of Joint Programs as part of the development of the One UN Program. Lauren has a Masters in Conflict Management and Economics from SAIS Johns Hopkins University, an Executive Certificate in International Cooperation and Development from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, is a former non-resident fellow of the Global Public Policy Institute, and a member of the American Evaluation Association.