Karen Hardee is senior associate and director of the Evidence Project, USAID’s flagship project to strengthen family planning/reproductive health programs through implementation science. A social demographer, Hardee has extensive global policy, research, and evaluation experience in family planning and reproductive health, population and development, HIV and AIDS, gender integration, human rights, and climate change.
Hardee has been primary investigator on studies of policy and program implementation, evidence-based gender programs and health outcomes, human rights and family planning, and the association between climate change adaptation and demographic/health factors.
Before joining the Population Council, Hardee was senior fellow and deputy director of the Health Policy Project at the Futures Group, principal at Hardee Associates LLC, and visiting senior fellow at Population Reference Bureau. She has worked at Population Action International, John Snow, Inc., Family Health International (now FHI360), USAID, and the US Bureau of the Census. She has worked with numerous bilateral and multilateral organizations, nongovernmental organizations, and as a consultant. She began her career as a Presidential Management Fellow.
Hardee has a PhD from Cornell University’s Population and Development Program and has published extensively. She frequently serves on expert panels and as a reviewer for a range of journals.