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Elizabeth Ruedy is the Director of Evaluation and Learning at the Democracy Fund, a bipartisan foundation working to ensure that our political system is able to withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people. As part of the Strategy, Impact, and Learning team, she oversees the organization’s ongoing efforts to design and implement evaluations that capture Democracy Fund’s impact, as well as provide greater insights into the political and civic systems in which the Democracy Fund works.

Prior to joining the Democracy Fund in 2017, Liz was the director of the Office of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning at the International Republican Institute, a non-profit, non-partisan organization that advances democracy and human rights worldwide. At IRI, Liz oversaw an evaluation practice that emphasized the use of evidence to both assess and inform programs to support responsive political and government institutions, engaged citizens, and inclusive political and civic processes, with a focus on complexity-aware approaches and participatory methods. She has more than 15 years’ experience in democracy assistance in both program management and evaluation.

Liz has taught a graduate-level course on monitoring and evaluation for foreign assistance programs at the George Washington University since 2011. She holds a master’s degree in European and Eurasian Studies from the George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary.

Institution / Affiliation : Democracy Fund