Isabella Jean joined CDA in 2007.  Her professional expertise is in conflict-sensitivity, peacebuilding effectiveness, program design, monitoring and evaluation methods, and accountability and feedback loops. Isabella has led collaborative learning processes and field research in Africa, Asia, Middle East and Caucasus, and co-authored Time to Listen: Hearing People on the Receiving End of Aid.  Isabella continues to lead research on feedback loops and supports CDA’s work on peacebuilding evaluation. Internally, Isabella supports CDA’s monitoring and evaluation efforts to capture the results of our initiatives.

Prior to joining CDA, Isabella conducted policy research on conflict, coexistence, democracy and education in multi-ethnic societies.  She directed training programs and conducted evaluations of programs for at-risk youth in urban centers in the United States. She currently teaches a graduate-level course on monitoring and evaluation of peacebuilding interventions as an adjunct faculty at Brandeis University’s Heller School.

Isabella holds an MA in Conflict and Coexistence from Brandeis University and a BA in International Relations from Bowdoin College.

Select Publications

Peacebuilding Effectiveness

Accountability and Feedback Loops

Do No Harm / Conflict Sensitivity


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