Thought Partners for
Social Innovators

The ORS Impact team has earned a global reputation for leadership, insight and innovation. We work collaboratively with our clients, bringing our distinctive expertise in planning, measurement and evaluation to their most vexing challenges.

Nikhila Kalra , PhD

Senior Consultant

Nikki is motivated by critical engagement with the complexity of social change processes—from working with partners to unpack the systemic causes of an issue, to drawing out actionable findings from disparate data. She enjoys leveraging the collective knowledge of a wide range of stakeholders to produce rich, context-specific insights into how research can best support an organization’s goals, all the way from design to dissemination. She is excited to collaborate with clients on tackling challenging questions about how to achieve and evaluate impact in sustainable ways.   

Nikki holds a Ph.D. in international development from the University of Oxford, with a disciplinary focus on cultural and political anthropology. She has an MSc in development studies from the London School of Economics (LSE), and a B.A. in history from the University of Cambridge. Prior to joining ORS Impact in 2019, her professional experience includes conducting mixed methods evaluations of programs and policy outcomes in global health, communicating complex data to varied audiences, and building partnerships with governments and civil society organizations in several countries to support evidence-based decision-making.  

Originally from the UK, Nikki is enjoying exploring the PNW; in her free time, she can also be found reading, writing, and engaged in the constant adventure that is training her herding-breed dog.