Natalie Trisilla is the Director for Evidence and Learning in IRI’s Center for Global Impact. She oversees IRI’s monitoring, evaluation, research, and learning technical support and projects, helping ensure that IRI’s programs and approaches are results-oriented and evidence-based.

Natalie joined IRI in 2011 to assist with IRI’s capacity building and women’s empowerment programs in China and Timor-Leste. She eventually expanded her portfolio to include civil society, political party and legislative assistance programming in Thailand, Malaysia, and Myanmar as well as programs on women’s empowerment and on land rights in the Mekong region including Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. Later, she worked with IRI’s West Africa team to support the Institute’s expanded presence in the sub-region.  Natalie has served as an international election observer for several national elections in southeast Asia.

Prior to joining IRI, Natalie worked for the United Nations Environment Program on post-conflict development and natural resource governance issues.  Natalie earned an M.A. Diplomacy and International Affairs from Seton Hall University and B.A. degrees in Political Science and in History from Olivet Nazarene University. She has studied the Chinese (Mandarin), Spanish, and French languages.

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Modern Diplomacy

Democratic Backsliding: A Framework for Understanding and Combatting it

Democracy is suffering setbacks around the world. Over the past decade, the number of liberal democracies has shrunk from 41 to 32.

The Hill

Joe Biden could set realistic foreign policy goals through impact models

As President Biden and his team take stock of where American foreign policy stands on a variety of critical issues like…

Learning Lab

Reflecting to Adapt: A framework for understanding and responding to COVID-19’s disruptions in the DRG sector

COVID-19 has disrupted all aspects of life – and the design and implementation of democracy, human rights, and governance (DRG) programs is no exception.

American Evaluation Association

DG TIG Week: Broadening the Circle: Involving the Evaluated in Evaluation Process

Greetings! I’m Natalie Trisilla and I lead the International Republican Institute’s Office of Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning.

American Evaluation Association

DG TIG Week: M&E: An Intervention Itself

Happy Wednesday! I’m Natalie Trisilla, Senior Evaluation Specialist at the International Republican Institute (IRI).

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