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Measuring Development 2021: Emerging Data and Methods in Global Health Research

Conference   |   Mar 31 2021 - Apr 01 2021

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The field of public health has seen major methodological progress in recent years, catalyzed in no small part by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Around the world, researchers are using new types of data and new analytical tools to measure, track, and analyze health trends, interventions, and behaviors. On Wednesday, March 31st, 2021 – Thursday, April 1st, 2021, CEGA and the World Bank Group will co-host our 7th Annual Measuring Development Conference: Emerging Data and Methods in Global Health Research. The online event will showcase applications of these new data and tools to health challenges in low- and middle-income countries.

A preliminary agenda can be found below (subject to change):

Day 1: Wednesday, March 31st, 8:00 AM PST – 2:00 PM PST

8:00 am PST Opening remarks: Arianna Legovini, Head of Development Impact Evaluation (DIME), (World Bank)

8:15 am PST Session 1: Leveraging Online and Social Media Data for COVID-19 Responses 

  • Arndt Reichert (University of Hannover)
  • Title TBD
  • Frauke Kreuter (University of Maryland)
  • Title TBD
  • Ernest Mwebaze (Sunbird AI)
  • Title TBD
  • Shankar Iyer (Facebook)
  • Talk TBD

Q&A (10 minutes)

9:30 am PST Keynote Address: Ziad Obermeyer, Blue Cross of California Distinguished Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management and CEGA Faculty Affiliate, UC Berkeley

10:10 am PST Coffee Break 

10:20 am PST Session 2: Novel Data and Methods for Disease Tracking and Response

  • Ahwaz Akhtar (Indus Health network)
  • Title TBD
  • Sveta Milusheva (World Bank)
  • Title TBD
  • Ifeoma Ozodiegwu (Northwestern)
  • Title TBD

1st Q&A (10 minutes)

  • Guadalupe Bedoya (World Bank)
  • Title TBD
  • Laura Balzer (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
  • Title TBD
  • Jonathan Kolstad (UC Berkeley)
  • Title TBD

2nd Q&A (10 minutes)

12:00 pm PST Panel: Health, Data, and the Environment

  • Chair: Gordon McCord (UC San Diego, CEGA)
  • Panelists: Jesse Anttila-Hughes (University of San Francisco), Tamma Carleton (UC Santa Barbara)

1:00 pm PST Coffee Break 

1:10 pm PST Lightning Talks

  • Karen Bett (Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD))
  • Title TBD
  • Kamil Shafiq (POKET)
  • Title TBD

Other lightning talks TBD

Day 2: Thursday, April 1st, 8:00 AM PST – 2:00 PM PST (AGENDA TBD) 

Confirmed Workshops: 

Workshop: Atlas AI’s public data resources for the global health community

  • Karen Byrnes (Atlas AI)
  • Deven Desai (Atlas AI)
  • Description of Workshop TBD

Confirmed Speakers: 

  • Victoria Baranov (University of Melbourne)
  • Abu Siddique (Technical University of Munich)

If you have any questions, please reach out to Sam Fishman ( or the DIME Analytics team (

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Date & Time

Mar 31 2021 - Apr 01 2021 Pacific Time

Get to know the speakers

Ziad Obermeyer
Blue Cross of California Distinguished Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management, UC Berkeley
Arndt Reichert
Institute of Health Economics, University of Hannover
Frauke Kreuter
Director, Joint Program in Survey Methodology, Maryland Population Research Center, University of Maryland
Ernest Mwebaze
Director, Atlas AI
Ahwaz Akhtar
Associate Researcher, Indus Health Network
Sveta Milusheva
Economist, World Bank
Ifeoma Ozodiegwu
Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Malaria Modeling, Northwestern University
Guadalupe Bedoya
Senior Economist, DIME, World Bank
Jonathan Kolstad
Associate Professor | Egon & Joan Von Kaschnitz Distinguished Professorship, UC Berkeley
Gordon McCord
Associate Teaching Professor and Associate Dean, School of Global Policy and Strategy, UC San Diego
Jesse Anttila-Hughes
Associate Professor, University of San Francisco
Tamma Carleton
Assistant Professor, UC Santa Barbara
Karen Bett
Policy Officer, Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data
Kamil Shafiq
Co-Founder, POKET
Karen Byrnes
Director of Partnerships, Atlas AI
Deven Desai
Product, Atlas AI
Victoria Baranov
Associate Professor in Economics, University of Melbourne
Abu Siddique
Post Doctoral Researcher, Technical University of Munich
Laura Balzer
Assistant Professor, Biostatistics at UMass-Amherst.

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