Joanna Springer


  • Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Advisor
  • Resilience Specialist



Joanna Springer is a monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) advisor with the Food Security and Agriculture division at Research Triangle Institute (RTI) International. As the Fish Innovation Lab’s MEL advisor, she advises the Fish Innovation Lab on cross-portfolio learning and results measurement. She specializes in resilience measurement and conflict-sensitive MEL approaches.

Prior to joining the lab, Springer designed and launched the action-learning component of a $30 million USAID-funded community engagement and stabilization project in Yemen. Springer also developed and implemented a rigorous learning agenda for an evidence-based community-driven development methodology in South Sudan. She has developed a social capital index for measuring community engagement outcomes in multiple countries, including a $10 million USAID social cohesion and reconciliation project in Sri Lanka. From 2012-2014, Springer was a researcher for a rule of law advancement project in the Arab Gulf for the Qatar National Research Fund.

Springer facilitates theory of change design and learning activities for international development projects; designs MEL strategies and measurement plans; develops data collection instruments and protocols; manages and writes baseline, midterm, and end-line assessments; and supports monitoring and evaluation system start-up and management.

Springer has published reports, articles, op‐eds, and peer-reviewed journal articles from her research. She has a master’s degree in public policy and administration from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a bachelor’s degree in political sociology from Hampshire College.