Maurya West Meiers is a senior evaluation officer in the World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group’s Methods Advisory team. She has 20 years of experience working as an evaluator on education, urban, fiscal decentralization, and other public sector programs. She has served as a team leader of an M&E training program in the World Bank Institute and has trained government professionals in Africa, East Asia, South Asia, Europe, and Latin America on M&E and needs assessment topics. She holds a master’s degree in international affairs (specializing in economics) and a second master’s degree in education, both from the George Washington University. Maurya is active in the American Evaluation Association (AEA) and was co-chair of AEA’s Needs Assessment Thematic Interests Group. She is a co-author of the 2012 book, A Guide to Assessing Needs: Essential Tools for Collecting Information, Making Decisions, and Achieving Development Results.