• Ph.D. (International Studies), The University of Tokyo
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Major Professional Backgrounds

  • System Science Consultants Inc., Department of Social Development, Senior Researcher (1991-1998)
  • Koei Research Institute, Department of Project II, Director/Senior consultant (1998-2006)
  • International Development Center of Japan Inc., Department of Evaluation, General Manager/Senior Researcher (2007-2015)
  • International Development Center of Japan, Executive Board Member (2010)
  • Hiroshima University, Center for the Study of International Cooperation in Education, Professor (2015)

Please refer to the following link for more research achievements. Yoko Ishida (

Research Areas and Themes

    My major research area is program evaluation in international cooperation, including needs, theory, process, outcome, and efficiency evaluations. My prime research concern is how to improve various stakeholders’ interests in evaluation and policy makers’ effective uses of evaluation results. 

    Based on my 25 years of experience conducting various technical cooperation projects, technical surveys, monitoring, and evaluations, I have tried to integrate academic theories into development practices in the field.  

    I belong to the Center for the Study of the International Cooperation in Education (CICE), Hiroshima University, and I have conducted various research projects with researchers from African and Asian universities located in Indonesia, Thailand, India, Vietnam, Zambia, Malawi, etc. The latest article entitled “Indicators for the Measurement of Teachers’ Professional Identity across Asia and Africa: A Delphi Study” was produced through international collaborative research with these researchers and published in the SAGE Journal of Asian and African Studies. 

    I am currently involved in the JICA and Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) projects as an evaluation expert, including JICA’s technical cooperation project to strengthen the framework of implementation of sustainable development goals (SDGs) in the Republic of Indonesia and MoFA’s review of 20-year output and outcomes of Japan’s ODA evaluation workshops, etc. 

    As mentioned above, I have been engaged in academic research and practical exercises in international cooperation in education to achieve my research objectives. 

    Research Areas and Themes of the Students

    As mentioned above, my major research area is related to the theory and practices of program evaluation in international cooperation. Therefore, I can give you academic advice about research on program evaluation, participatory evaluation, project management, monitoring and evaluation,  school-based management, school evaluation, etc., related to international cooperation in education. 


    The main research topics of the supervising students are as follows:
    Master’s thesis = M
    Doctoral dissertation = D

    • Critical Factors Affecting Students’ E-learning Satisfaction – A Case Study of Junior High School in Zhifu District in China [M]

    • The Role of Course Guidance in High School Students’ Making Their Future Plans – Case Study of High Schools in Hiroshima and Wuhan – [M]

    • Teacher Motivation and Students’ Academic Performance in Lower and Upper Secondary Education in Senegal: A Case Study of the Department of Dakar and Fatick [M]

    • Basic Research on Hong Kong Citizens’ Sense of Identity as Chinese [M]

    • Teacher Certification and Competency: A Study of Vocational Senior Secondary School Teacher in Purworejo District, Indonesia [M]

    • Factors Influencing Student’s Choice of University from the Perspective of Distance Education Learners-Case Study of the National Center of Distance Education in Madagascar [M]

    • Implication of School Management in Improving Students Academic Performance at Public Primary Schools in Kigali City, Rwanda [M]

    • Effects of Rewarding for Teachers’ Performance in Secondary Schools in Gasabo District, Rwanda [M]

    Message to Prospective Students

    What we learn from evaluation needs to be reciprocated to improve the program planning and implementation process. I am able to give practical advice for your career development in the area of international cooperation.