Thomas de Hoop directs a research and evaluation portfolio with a focus on the impact, scalability, and cost-effectiveness of self-help groups, savings groups, and education innovations in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. He is the program area lead for gender and social protection in American Institutes for Research’s International Development Division. Further, he is currently the co-principal investigator for the Evidence Consortium on Women’s Groups, a four-year research project that focuses on synthesizing, strengthening, and disseminating research on the impact and cost-effectiveness of large-scale government-supported women’s groups.
As part of the ECWG, Dr. de Hoop leads or co-leads studies on the impact of COVID-19 on the functioning of women’s groups and how self-help groups in India and savings groups in Nigeria and Uganda contribute to mitigating the economic consequences of COVID-19. In addition, he oversees various evidence syntheses, experimental and quasi-experimental studies, and cost-effectiveness analyses on women’s groups, including a World-Bank funded impact evaluation of the Nigeria for Women project.