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Senior Lecturer in Public Policy

Dan Levy, Senior Lecturer in Public Policy, teaches courses in quantitative methods, policy analysis, and program evaluation. He recently served as co-principal investigator of Transparency for Development (T4D), a project consisting in the design and mixed-methods evaluation of interventions aimed at improving transparency and accountability in delivery of health services in developing countries. He oversaw the training component of BCURE, a project that involves training policymakers in better using evidence through a combination of online and in-person sessions. He directed impact evaluations of girl-friendly school construction programs in Burkina Faso and Niger, and was involved in the evaluation of a conditional cash transfer program in Jamaica, and a technical assistance project to Mexico's Social Development Ministry (Sedesol). He received his PhD in Economics from Northwestern University, grew up in Venezuela, and is fluent in Spanish and French. He serves as faculty affiliate of JPAL (MIT), CID, EPoD  and the Ash Center.

He currently serves as the faculty director of the Public Leadership Credential, the Harvard Kennedy School's flagship online learning initiative. He co-founded Teachly, a web application aimed at helping faculty members to teach more effectively and more inclusively. He authored the book “Teaching Effectively with Zoom: A practical guide to engage your students and help them learn” (more info here).

He also serves as the faculty co-chair of a week-long executive education program titled "Leading Successful Programs: Using Evidence to Assess Effectiveness" aimed primarily at professionals involved in designing, implementing and/or funding social programs.

Executive Education Programs

Academic Journal/Scholarly Articles

HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series

Research Papers/Reports

Transparent Engagement

Harvard Kennedy School is proud of its energetic involvement in the world. To better understand how to solve public problems by improving policy and leadership, we engage directly with policymakers, public leaders, governments, nonprofit organizations, and for-profit businesses whose activities affect those problems. However, we recognize that such engagement can raise questions about perceived and potential conflicts of interest, so we disclose publicly the key professional activities of our faculty outside the Kennedy School.

Outside Professional Activities For Dan Levy

Barna School of Management (Dominican Republic), Consultant and Presenter

Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy, Advisory Board Member

Fundación Bancaria “la Caixa”(Spain), Consultant and Presenter

Georgetown Public Policy Institute, Presenter

Global Development Network (GDN), Consultant

IDInsight, Advisor

IESA (Venezuela), Presenter

IESE (Spain), Presenter

JPAL (MIT), Faculty Affiliate

Inter-American Development Bank, Consultant

LASPAU, Presenter

London School of Economics, Advisor

Mathematica Policy Research, Senior Researcher

Pomona College, Advisory Committee

Real Colegio Complutense, Presenter

Turning Technologies, Presenter

Universidad Católica Boliviana, Advisor

Universidad de Los Andés (Chile), Presenter

World Bank, Consultant

World Teach, Advisory Board Member


Phone: 617-496-4281


Social Policy
Science, Technology & Data
Education, Training & Labor
Development & Economic Growth
Poverty, Inequality & Opportunity

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