Carrie Dolan’s research requires her to work with one foot in the world of big data and the other foot, well, just about anywhere in the world.

“I study where big pots of money go in developing countries and try to figure out how that funding translates into health outcomes — like a decrease in under-five mortality or access to health care,” she said. “Then I make recommendations to places like the Gates Foundation and World Bank for how they can get more bang for their buck by making a funding decision more efficient, effective or equitable.”

And so Dolan follows the funding. The groundtruthing aspect of her work takes her from Williamsburg-James City County schools to sub-Saharan Africa. She has logged enough time investigating health care issues in the world’s remote locations from Jamaica to Kenya to be named a Fellow of the Explorers Club.

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