Elizabeth Ruedy, Director, Office of Monitoring and Evaluation

Ruedy discusses best practices in monitoring and evaluating programs at a Women’s Democracy Network conference.

Elizabeth Ruedy was named director of IRI's office of monitoring and evaluation in September 2011, having joined the office shortly after its founding in 2009.  In her role as senior advisor, and now director for monitoring and evaluation, Ruedy has promoted an evaluative culture focused on program accountability and learning, using innovative tools to capture results of democracy and governance programs.  She has also promoted capacity development of IRI staff and partners to utilize evaluative tools to inform program design and guide implementation. 

Ruedy has presented on IRI’s program-focused approach to monitoring and evaluation at numerous conferences and events, including the American Evaluation Association annual conference and the 2011 State Department Conference on Evaluation.  She trains frequently on the subject for both IRI staff and external organizations, and has taught a graduate-level course on monitoring and evaluation for foreign assistance programs at the George Washington University since 2011.

Ruedy first joined IRI in 2001 as part of the Institute’s Eurasia division.  As the DC-based program officer for Russia, Ruedy oversaw IRI’s day-to-day operations in the country in close cooperation with the Institute’s Moscow-based field staff.  She also advised Institute leadership on the ongoing development of IRI’s strategic approach to work in the Russian Federation, helping to ensure that IRI programs remained focused and relevant as the country underwent significant political change in 2003-2008. 

Ruedy holds a master’s in European and Eurasian studies from the George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary.