John Burns

John BurnsFormer Chief of Party/Senior Manager

John was the chief of party for the USAID funded Resilience Learning Project from 2014 to 2016. Additionally, he led a variety of multi-year, multi-country initiatives aimed at improving policy and programming around drought emergencies in the Horn of Africa since 2006. He was closely involved in the development and application of tools and methods to assess the impact of various types of humanitarian and development interventions in diverse contexts. Additionally, John co-authored a guide to participatory impact assessment and taught an online graduate course on impact measurement at Tufts.

Prior to joining the center John worked in various capacities for the European Commission, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Food Program in the Horn of Africa, Central Asia and the Middle East.

Feinstein Publications

“It’s Better to Sweat than to Die:” Rural-to-Urban Migration, Northern Karamoja, Uganda
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Much of the literature on urbanization focuses on migration to large cities. In contrast, this report traces the process, challenges, and opportunities of rural-urban migration to towns and small cities…

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Participatory Impact Assessment: A Design Guide Updated Version 2014
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The Feinstein International Center has been developing and adapting participatory approaches to measure the impact of livelihoods based interventions since the early nineties. Originally released in 2009, this updated version…

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Livelihood Dynamics in Northern Karamoja A Participatory Baseline Study for the Growth Health and Governance Program
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By John Burns, Gezu Bekele, Darlington Akabwai | September 2013

This report documents the findings of a livelihoods assessment carried out as part of the USAID funded Growth, Health and Governance program being implemented by Mercy Corps and partners in…

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Impact Assessment of Honey Microfinance and Livestock Value Chain Interventions Final Impact Assessment of the PSNP Plus project in Sekota
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By John Burns, Solomon Bogale | January 2012

The USAID funded PSNP Plus program ‘Linking Poor Rural Households to Microfinance and Markets in Ethiopia’ was launched in late 2008 and will run until December 2011. The PSNP Plus…

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Impact Assessment of Livestock Value Chain Interventions Final Impact Assessment of the PSNP Plus Project in Raya Azebo
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By John Burns, Solomon Bogale | November 2011

The USAID funded PSNP Plus program ‘Linking Poor Rural Households to Microfinance and Markets in Ethiopia’ was launched in late 2008 and will run until December 2011. The PSNP Plus…

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Impact Assessment of Small Ruminant and Value Chain Interventions Final Impact Assessment of the PSNP Plus Project in Dodota and Sire
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By John Burns, Solomon Bogale | October 2011

The USAID funded PSNP Plus program ‘Linking Poor Rural Households to Microfinance and Markets in Ethiopia’ was launched in late 2008 and will run until December 2011. The PSNP Plus…

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Impact Assessment of Microfinance Honey and Crop Value Chain Interventions Final Impact Assessment of the PSNP Plus Project in Doba Woreda
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By John Burns, Solomon Bogale | September 2011

The USAID funded PSNP Plus program ‘Linking Poor Rural Households to Microfinance and Markets in Ethiopia’ was launched in late 2008 and will run until December 2011. The PSNP Plus…

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Baseline and Mid-term Assessment of the PSNP Plus Project in Sire and Dodota Linking Poor Rural Households to Microfinance and Markets in Ethiopia
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This report presents the results from a baseline assessment of the PSNP Plus project in Sire and Dodota woreda’s in the Oromiya region of Ethiopia. These assessments are part of…

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Baseline and Mid-term Assessment of the PSNP Plus Project in Doba Linking Poor Rural Households to Microfinance and Markets in Ethiopia
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This report presents the findings of the first two stages of an assessment of the PSNP Plus project in Doba woreda in West Hararghe. These assessments are part of a…

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Participatory Impact Assessment
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By Andy Catley, John Burns, Dawit Abebe | October 2008

The Feinstein International Center has been developing and adapting participatory approaches to measure the impact of livelihoods based interventions since the early nineties. Drawing upon this experience, this guide aims…

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Targeting in Complex Emergencies: South Sudan Country Case Study
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By Daniel Maxwell, John Burns | May 2008

The population of Southern Sudan was caught in a civil war from 1983 to 2005. During the war, several major famines led to a massive food aid intervention by the…

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Impact Assessment of the Pastoralist Survival and Recovery Project Dakoro, Niger
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This report is the outcome of an impact assessment of the ‘Pastoralist Survival and Recovery Project’ implemented by Lutheran World Relief and partners in North Dakoro, Niger. The assessment is…

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Impact Assessment of the Chical Integrated Recovery Action Project, Niger
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By John Burns, Omeno Suji | November 2007

This report is the outcome of an impact assessment of the ‘Chical Integrated Recovery Action Project’ an integrated livelihoods and drought mitigation intervention implemented by Africare in the Tillaberi region…

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Impact Assessment of the Zimbabwe Dams and Gardens Project
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By John Burns, Omeno Suji | September 2007

This study was an impact assessment of the ‘Zimbabwe Dams and Gardens’ Project’ a community based famine prevention and mitigation intervention being implemented by CARE International in Masvingo Province, Zimbabwe….

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Impact Assessment of the Gokwe Integrated Recovery Action Project
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By John Burns, Omeno Suji | August 2007

This study was an impact assessment of the “Gokwe Integrated Recovery Action Project” (GIRA) a drought recovery and famine mitigation intervention being implemented by Africare in the Midlands Province of…

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Feinstein Research Projects

Growth, Health, and Governance, Karamoja, Uganda

This USAID-funded five year project (2012-2017) aims to improve livelihoods outcomes for the pastoral, agro-pastoral, and agrarian populations in the region.

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