Lillie Ris

Associate, Planning and Evaluation

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Meet Lillie

Lillie is a planner and evaluator with more than a decade of experience facilitating the strategic and tactical use of data in decision-making. Her passion lies in working with implementers and funders to articulate intended outcomes and develop systems for assessing progress and learning in real time.
Lillie began her career in the Middle East. She has supported the implementation and evaluation of a wide range of initiatives, from linear development projects to complex programs shifting intangible, harder-to-measure outcomes in the fields of stabilization and women’s empowerment. In the US, Lillie’s work has focused on the areas of police accountability, civic engagement, and higher education. She has worked with both individual organizations and broad-based consortia, developing evaluation frameworks and strategic plans.
Often working in highly dynamic contexts and emerging sectors, Lillie cross-applies and adapts best practices and innovations in order to deliver rigorous analysis that is grounded in sound evidence. In 2017, Lillie and former CDA Director Anita Ernstorfer surveyed and adapted design, monitoring, and evaluation tools from the peacebuilding and development fields to advance DM&E for interventions seeking to prevent violent extremism.
Lillie holds a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, where she focused on Non-Profit Management and Human Security, and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Duke University.

Borrowing a Wheel: Applying Existing Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation Strategies to Emerging Programming Approaches to Prevent and Counter Violent Extremism

What Constitutes Effective Use of Evidence to Inform Peacebuilding Project Design?