David R. Evans
dre@educ.umass.edu
Professor; Founding Director (1970-2016) Center for International Education
Professional Interests: 
Educational planning and policy in developing countries; teacher education systems; non-formal and popular education; culture & educational administration; games and simulations; institutional development. Principal Investigator for large education projects in Afghanistan, southern Sudan and Malawi in recent decade.

 

B.A., Oberlin College, 1959
M.Sc., University of Illinois, 1961
Diploma of Education 1st Class, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, 1962
Ph.D., Stanford, 1969

 

In my 48 years at the Center for International Education, I have been involved in a wide variety of academic and practical activities. During this time period I have been directly involved in the design and management of dozens of educational projects in Latin America, Dav9d Asia and Africa. I have also been a consultant on education projects. My extended field experience is largely in anglo-phone Africa, with over five years of experience as a teacher and researcher in Uganda. My most recent experience has been in Malawi, Afghanistan and Southern Sudan. Over the years I have developed an understanding of the development philosophy and the procedures used by the major development agencies like UNESCO, IBRD, USAID, UNICEF as well as international NGOs like CARE and Save the Children.

 

My academic & research interests have centered around the following topics: theory and practice in nonformal & popular education; educational planning in developing countries; teacher education in third world countries; use of spreadsheet-based models for educational planning; gender issues & girls' education in developing countries; and educational policy formulation and implementation for developing countries. Other interests have included: simulation and gaming for NFE learners; models and simulations for education system management; and cross-cultural training. Current research interests center around alternative approaches to systems of teacher education in low-resource contexts; the political economy of educational statistics; the challenges of policy formulation in decentralizing national systems.

 

Recent Activities

For the past decade I have been involved in various capacities in the development of education in Afghanistan, serving as the Principal Investigator (PI), along with Joe Berger, for a series of contracts for CIE. For the past ten years I have been the Principal Investigator on a multi-million dollar higher education project in Afghanistan, first with CIE as a sub-contractor, then with CIE as the prime contractor, and now with CIE as the primary technical sub-contractor on a five year project. The project works with 11 universities in Afghanistan to develop new degree programs at the Master's level and at the Associate Degree level. The project is also working to strengthen the capacity of the Ministry of Higher Education and of the univeristies. Earlier I was P.I. of a large education project in Southern Sudan that combined a variety of NFE and alternative school approaches to meeting the immediate needs of children in that post-conflict setting.