Our Team

Eric Lake

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

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

In the US Army, I was an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technician.  So, a big part of my job was to disarm improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and facilitate the capture of those who would use these devices to achieve ends contrary to US interests.   During that period, I often found that my life depended on identifying patterns and questioning my perceived reality in order to more quickly identify what I could not immediately see.

Years later, when I left the military, I took these skills with me.  So, when I started my PhD at the University of Florida, I found a language to describe the methodological practices I had instinctively employed as an EOD technician as well as a wide array of new tools to use in examining 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, whether that audience be academic, practitioners or lay.

I think that enough about me; but if you'd like to know more, you can see my curriculum vitae 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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