Chris Coward is the co-founder, Principal Research Scientist, and Director of the Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA) at the University of Washington Information School. Under his leadership, TASCHA has grown in size and scope, encompassing research in over 50 countries. Chris specializes in designing research programs that improve policy and practice around the role of information and communication technologies (ICTs) and development, with particular interests in innovation, entrepreneurship and employability, digital inclusion, and impact evaluation and measurement. Much of his current work aims to help public libraries become critical centers of learning and creativity. Chris holds a Master of Public Administration and a Master of Arts in International Studies, both from the University of Washington.