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Jessica Gordon

Nutrition Evaluation Programme Manager and Postgraduate Researcher

Jessica joined IDS in 2013 as a Nutrition Evaluation Programme Manager based in the Health and Nutrition cluster. In this role she has managed several major mixed methods impact evaluation studies of nutrition, agriculture, digital and social accountability-related programmes in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to this she worked in various research and evaluation roles in the international NGO sector including at the International Rescue Committee and Fairtrade Foundation. She holds an MSc Degree in Anthropology, Environment and Development and BSc (Hons) Degree in Human Sciences from University College London.

Since September 2020 Jessica has also been studying part-time as a postgraduate researcher at IDS. Her research focuses on agricultural commercialisation models, household-level nutrition and social equity dynamics in Ghana, building on and bringing together ongoing research IDS is leading as part of the APRA and A4NH SPEAR Programmes. Her supervisors are Nick Nisbett, John Thompson and Jody Harris based in the Health and Nutrition and Rural Futures research clusters.



UNICEF Zambia Study

Nutritional intake is particularly important for gestation and breastfeeding periods of mothers and in the first 1000 days of a child’s life. Building on the positive experiences in other regions, and in view of already ongoing similar projects in this region (including Kenya, Ethiopia, and...


Action on Children’s Harmful Work in African Agriculture

Action on Children’s Harmful Work in African Agriculture (ACHA) is a seven-year research programme supported by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) that started in January 2020. The aim of the programme is to build evidence on: the forms, drivers, and experiences of...


Bangladesh Initiative to Enhance Nutrition Security and Governance (BIeNGS)

Despite significant improvements over the last two decades in poverty reduction and human development, the ultra-poor constitute 17.6% of the Bangladeshi population (HIES 2010) and the country continues to experience a high burden of undernutrition (stunting 36%, wasting 14%, underweight 33%) in...


Centre for Development Impact

The Centre for Development Impact (CDI) contributes to learning and innovation in the field of impact evaluation. The Centre aims to improve the assessment of impact on the poor, particularly through the use of appropriate, mixed method, and robust evaluation designs.




Lessons Learned Brief for Ghana and Tanzania, External evaluation of mobile phone technology-based nutrition and agriculture advisory services in Ghana and Tanzania (mNutrition)

mNutrition was a five-year global initiative supported by the Department for International Development (DFID) between 2013 and 2018, organised by GSMA and implemented by in-country mobile network operators (MNOs) and other providers. The evaluation was carried out by a consortium of researchers...

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Inka Barnett & 9 others

24 April 2020

Jessica Gordon’s recent work