Trickle Up Program, Inc.
October 1, 2013
I interned with Trickle Up in the Summer of 2009 with Jo Sanson, the head of Metrics. Jo was incredibly empowering as a boss. She gave me the opportunity to build a variety of data entry, validation, and analysis tools that I used to measure the impact of grants given to more than a dozen communities in rural Guatemala. I had a great experience at Trickle Up because of Jo's guidance, as well as the mentorship of other staff members like Joanna Tinsley. I appreciated how hard they work, how much they care and think critically about their organizational mission, and how they constantly asked questions about what was working, why, and how to prove it. Trickle Up was the first and only organization I've worked with that had weekly lunch discussions of a selected reading--including "Good to Great" by Jim Collins.
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Ask them to introduce control communities where grants were also given, but delayed by 6-24 months. This would allow for rigorous comparative analysis that currently does not exist. Without control groups, it is impossible to determine whether change in income, consumption, health, and education are the result of micro grants or whether they are are caused by 'random' or exogenous factors like geography, weather, politics, or inflation.
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