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Callum Taylor

Callum is a Consultant with Itad’s Human Development practice, having joined in the autumn of 2019. He has over three years’ experience of leading complex, large-scale research projects that deliver high quality, reliable and insightful reports and data for clients in the international development sector.

Prior to joining Itad Callum worked as a Senior Research Officer for Economic Development Initiatives (EDI), a leading provider of research and data collection services in East Africa. In this role he was responsible for overseeing research projects and teams across a range of international development themes. He also supported EDI’s efforts to develop original research through blogs, conference presentations, and working papers, and co-wrote a published journal article on the emerging topic of survey paradata. He previously worked in business development for a large human services provider in the UK, and as an English Teacher in South Korea.

Callum holds a Masters in Development Economics and a Bachelors in Economics and Development Studies, both from the University of Sussex. For his dissertation, Callum focused on assessing whether remittances have an impact on economic growth, and which socio-economic factors impact this relationship.

Callum is a recipient of the Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund scholarship, and an alumnus of the Prime Minister’s Global Fellowship.

Nationality: British
Languages: English (native), Korean (intermediate)
Country Experience:

United Kingdom, South Korea, Tanzania, Uganda


2013 - 2014
MSc Development Economics (Distinction)
University of Sussex
2008 - 2011
BA Economics and Development Studies (First)
University of Sussex


2019 - Present
Itad Ltd.

2016 - 2019
Senior Research Officer, Research Officer, Assistant Research Officer
Economic Development Initiatives (EDI)

2014 - 2016
Business Development Analyst

2011 - 2013
English Teacher
Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education

Project Experience:

A Cash Plus Model for Safe Transitions to a Healthy and Productive Adulthood
(United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) ) - Team Leader

Small and Medium Agribusiness Development Fund
(International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)) - Team Leader

Research on Improving Systems of Education (RISE)
(Georgetown University) - Team Leader

2018 - 2019
Phone Survey to Evaluate the Results-Based Financing Scale-up Project
(Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) ) - Team Leader

2018 - 2019
Impact and Performance Evaluation for the Waache Wasome Program
(NORC at the University of Chicago) - Team Leader

2016 - 2019
Cotton Sector Development Program, Farmer Income Survey (every year from 2016 to 2019)
(Gatsby Africa) - Team Leader

Regional Administration and Local Government, Impact Evaluation of the Urban Local Government Strengthening Program (ULGSP)
(World Bank & President’s Office ) - Team Leader

Various Projects for R4D
(Results for Development (R4D) ) - Team Leader
- Monitoring and Evaluating Availability, Stocking and Dispensing of Childhood Pneumonia Treatments in Tanzania, Midline
- Monitoring and Evaluating Availability, Stocking and Dispensing of Childhood Pneumonia Treatments in Tanzania, Endline
- Misdiagnosis of Childhood Pneumonia in Tanzania,
- Childhood Pneumonia Intervention Project in Tanzania

Natural Resources Survey
(Uongozi Institute ) - Team Leader

Financial Inclusion Tracker Survey (Tanzania)
(Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)) - Team Leader


  • Using Paradata to Collect Better Survey Data: Evidence from a Household Survey in Tanzania (2019)
    Review of Development Economics
    Choumert-Nkolo, J., Cust, H., Taylor, C.

  • Using CAPI to Improve and Evaluate the Quality of Socio-Economic Surveys (2016)
    EDI Working Paper
    Choumert-Nkolo, J., Spence, C., Taylor, C.