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Irene Velez is an evaluation specialist with over ten years of experience designing and implementing impact and performance evaluations, spanning multiple sectors and their intersection with gender. She is an expert in quantitative and qualitative research methods, data collection and analysis, and has experience conducting economic assessments, including constraints analysis and cost-benefit analysis. She also specializes in leading impact evaluation design workshops, where she leverages stakeholder engagement to build capacity on evaluation methods and strengthen buy-in for rigorous evaluations. Irene has extensive experience leading large data collection efforts, from designing survey instruments and developing sampling plans, to training survey teams and ensuring high-quality data. Prior to joining MSI, Irene worked at Innovations for Poverty Action, where she led the implementation of a large-scale randomized controlled trial to measure the impacts of microcredit for women in northern Mexico. She is bilingual in Spanish and English. Irene holds a master's degree in international development policy from the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University and a bachelor's degree in economics from Wellesley College.