Senior Research & Learning Specialist
Mara Steinhaus is the Senior Research & Learning Specialist at WomenStrong International. She provides technical assistance to WomenStrong’s members to design research, monitoring and evaluation systems to inform their programs, and products to share their findings with others. She also supports WomenStrong’s ongoing self-assessments of our Learning Lab model.
Her areas of expertise include child marriage (both in the United States and in sub-Saharan Africa), social norms measures, and survey design (especially on topics such as child marriage and adolescent sexual and reproductive health), and the design of program evaluations.
Prior to joining WomenStrong, Mara worked at the International Center for Research on Women in Washington, DC, where she designed, implemented, and analyzed data collected from a wide range of research, monitoring, and evaluation projects, applying both quantitative and qualitative methods to projects ranging in scale from community-based formative research through nationally-representative quantitative evaluations. Mara has also previously worked as an independent research consultant specializing in quantitative survey management and analysis.
She has a Masters of Science in Public Health focusing on International Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and graduated from Arizona State University with Bachelor’s degrees in Computational Mathematics and Anthropology.