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Seeing the World as a Network – Ani Hyslop

by on March 14, 2013

Perhaps we all know that MEASURE Evaluation is a coalition of six partners (Futures, ICF, JSI, MSH and Tulane, with UNC as lead), but many probably don’t know who leads the MEASURE Evaluation teams each of each of the partner organizations. I will introduce you to them over the next few weeks. Let me start Ani Hyslop (pronounced Ahnee Hisslop). Ani is the lead for the ICF team. ICF is MEASURE Evaluation’s main presence in Mali, RDMA (Regional Development Mission for Asia, based in Thailand), and Kenya. They also oversee much of our malaria portfolio. ICF is the lead on another project with MEASURE in the name, called DHS (Demographic and Health Surveys). People often confuse MEASURE DHS with MEASURE Evaluation, especially if they are talking about ICF.

Ani entered the development world through the Peace Corps. She taught science to secondary school boys in Mchinji, Malawi. Upon returning to the US, she entered medical school and did her pediatrics residency in Chicago. Perhaps it was because she had had enough of the Chicago winters that she then headed for the Caribbean, working for a hospital on the island of St. Lucia. After thawing out on a tropical island, she returned once more to the US to get a masters degree in public health.

Ani has been working with MEASURE Evaluation for 11 years, initially with UNC, then with Macro which was eventually purchased by ICF International. At one point in that history, she was the country focal person for Kenya. She became the ICF leader for MEASURE Evaluation two years ago. Ani writes of M&E, “my passion stems from the logic that we get to apply to our work – making sure that connections make sense; whether it is the connection between an output and an outcome or between the indicator and the data that is being collected.”

Ani has two children, Ara (10) and Genevieve (6). As they get older, she looks forward to introducing them to another of her passions: scuba diving (which I am guessing she didn’t learn in Chicago).

Jim

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