Ashley Hollister, Principal Associate
 
Master of Social Work, University of Michigan
Master of Public Administration, Cornell University 

Ashley Hollister is a Principal Associate at AIMS based in East Africa, where she is currently part of the team conducting evaluation quality reviews for UNFPA. In addition, she was recently the team leader for several multi-country project evaluations focused on women’s empowerment and disability-inclusion in East Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Ms. Hollister has extensive experience building the internal evaluation capacity of non- governmental organizations, education institutions, and UN system organizations and specializes in gender- sensitive data collection and gender analysis. She has provided evaluation services for UNHCR-, USAID-, and IKEA-funded programs focused on livelihoods, education, and gender equality. In addition, as a trained social worker, she has extensive experience serving as an advocate and representative for individuals and organizations in diverse settings, including advocating for youth and child rights in court and representing organizations in village- to national-level government meetings. 

Currently based in Kigali, Rwanda, Ms. Hollister has overseen the improvement, design and implementation of research, monitoring, and evaluation of a UNHCR-sponsored business accelerator training over 1600 refugees, an innovative education-to-workforce model serving women, and a university program 
utilizing Massive Open Online Courses to bring affordable, top-tier instruction to students in urban settings and refugee camps. She has also led evaluation capacity building efforts for Kate Spade New York’s corporate social responsibility initiative, which provides manufacturing jobs and life skills training to women in rural Rwanda. In these roles, Ashley designed and implemented gender sensitive data collection systems powered by smart-phone technology, which helped to increase response rates and ensure evaluations and programming aligned with international agreements and best practices for safeguarding women and children. Through her advocacy work and research in the social protection sector, Ashley established expertise in the application of participatory and mixed-methods approaches to evaluation and research, including Participative Ranking Methodology, the Most Significant Change Technique and the use of body, risk and network mapping with children. She holds a Master of Public Administration from Cornell University and a Master of Social Work from University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. She speaks English, Spanish and Kiswahili.