Howard White, PhD

Campbell Collaboration

Howard is Chief Executive Officer of the Campbell Collaboration. Previously he was the founding Executive Director of the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) and before that led the impact evaluation programme of the World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group. He started his career as an academic researcher at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, and the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex.
As an academic he leans toward work with policy relevance, and working in the policy field leans toward academic rigour as a basis for policy and practice. His work has covered aid and development effectiveness, anti-poverty programmes, impact evaluations across diverse sectors and systematic reviews.  The two common themes in all this work have been valid analysis of causal effects and the importance of understanding the mechanisms underlying the causal chain.
He was founding Managing Editor of the Journal of Development Effectiveness and Managing Editor of Journal of Development Studies from 2002-2016. He has published over 70 articles in international peer reviewed journals and several books. Howard has advised governments across Africa and Asia, as well as international development agencies, and received awards from the governments of Benin and Uganda for services to evaluation.