Mara Steinhaus is a Research and Evaluation Specialist with more than five years’ experience collecting, analyzing, and disseminating qualitative and quantitative data on a wide range of issues that impact women and girls. Most frequently, she focuses on adolescence, child marriage, economic empowerment, and sexual and reproductive health and rights. She also has expertise in migration, mental health, and young key populations at risk of HIV infection.
Mara’s work stems from her background in anthropology and computational mathematics; she enjoys combining techniques from both disciplines to inform the research she conducts at ICRW. Some of her most recent projects include a qualitative research study in Kenya and Zambia for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation-funded Advancing Evidence and Action on Ending Child Marriage and Empowering Girls and Women project and supporting the design, implementation, and analysis of a quasi-experimental, mixed-methods evaluation of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-funded Enabling Girls to Advance Gender Equity project in Malawi.
Prior to joining ICRW in 2015, Mara was a research consultant specializing in quantitative survey management and analysis. Working between Baltimore, MD and Thailand, she contributed to a variety of studies, including UNICEF’s Situational Analysis of Young People at High Risk of HIV Exposure in Thailand, which used respondent-driven sampling to assess HIV knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors among young men who have sex with men, transgender persons, and female sex workers in Bangkok and Chiang Mai.
Mara’s passion is finding new and better ways to measure complex issues while ensuring her findings remain relevant and accessible to the implementers, policy-makers, and other interest groups best poised to apply them in their work.