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Eric Lake


Investigative Alchemist: Turning questions to answers, and answers to questions for over 20 years.

My greatest passion is progress.  I believe human ingenuity and the courage to ask why are inseparably linked. 

In the US Army, as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technician, a big part of my job was disarming improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and facilitating the capture of those who would use these devices to achieve ends contrary to U.S. interests.   It is during this period with my life on the line that I learned to identify patterns and question my perceived reality in order to quickly identify those things that may bring about critical failure.

Years later, when I left the military, I took this skill with me.  But, as is often the case, practice does not always easily align with theory and those things that I intuitively sensed are not so easily translated into valid and replicable lessons.  So, when I started as a Ph.D. student at the University of Florida, my interest naturally turned toward learning a language to better describe the methodological practices I had instinctively employed as an EOD technician as well as a wide array of new methodological tools to use in examining and understanding our world.

So here and now, as co-founder of 417 Research & Analytics, I use my experiences to help our clients do two things.  The first is to transform questions into answers and answers into new questions for the purpose of progress. The second is to communicate that process using the appropriate language for the audience.

I think that's enough about me; but, if you'd like to know more my curriculum vitae is here.

Amanda Edgell


Data Innovator: Connecting interventions to outcomes for more than a decade.

My approach to decision making is data-driven. As one Swahili proverb states “the one who asks has knowledge”. By asking innovative questions, we are able to create new connections between policy interventions and their outcomes, improving the lives of those impacted by our work.

Prior to co-founding 417 Research & Analytics, I developed over a decade of experience with policy reform and international development assistance. My academic research draws upon intensive fieldwork in several African countries, including Uganda, Kenya, and South Africa. As a professional consultant, I have assisted with the implementation of an anti-corruption campaign in Nigeria, a food security initiative in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and a higher education program in Rwanda.

Drawing on these experiences, at 417 Research & Analytics, I work to help our clients develop creative solutions to real-world problems and to measure the effects of these solutions in the short and the long-term.

My vita provides more information about my experience and skills. You can find it here.

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