There is a great satisfaction in building good tools for other people to use

– Freeman Dyson, Disturbing the Universe

Current clients

( Note: I am now working part-time)


  • Quality Assurance and technical advisory support to Evaluation Department staff, E.g. A synthesis of lessons learned from seven evaluations in Nigeria, in respect to selected issues (value for money, sustainability, adaptability, synergy)
  • Member of the Independent Advisory Group supporting the providers of Monitoring, Evaluating and Learning support to the International Climate Fund
  • Member of the Evaluation Reference Group for the DFID “Work In Freedom” project, which seeks to prevent the trafficking of Women and Girls from Nepal, India and Bangladesh into the garment and domestic work sectors in the Gulf.

Centre for Excellence in Development Impact and Learning (CEDIL)

  • Member of the Intellectual Leadership Team (ILT), peer reviewing papers by other members of CEDIL
  • Author of “Representing Theories of Change: Technical Challenges with Evaluation Consequences”

Austrian Development Agency

  • Peer reviewer for an evaluation of the Good Governance programmes portfolio, with a focus on methodology

Development Cafe, Jakarta

Independent pursuits


  • Development and support of EvalC3, a free and user-friendly Excel app designed for developing, exploring and evaluating predictive models of expected outcomes.

“Most Significant Change” (MSC)

  • Supporting a community of users of the MSC technique, a participatory method of impact monitoring and evaluation


  • Managing the MandE NEWS website, email list, and Twitter feed. A news service focusing on developments in monitoring and evaluation methods relevant to development programmes with social development objectives, since 1997

Better Evaluation

Published papers

  • On evaluation issues, published by DFID, AusAID, ODI, Evaluation, American Journal of Evaluation and others
  • Peer review of papers by others, for Evaluation, American Evaluation Journal,
    Evaluation and Program Planning,  Development in Practice, Journal of Gender, Agriculture and Food Security,
  • Book reviews (pre-publication drafts) for Wageningen University, Stanford University Press, ITDG Publishing

Conference presentations and workshops

  • UK Evaluation Society Conference, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • European Evaluation Society Conference: 2004, 2006, 2010, 2014, 2016, 2018

12 Responses to “Clients”

  1. Leila Says:

    Dear Rick

    Found your site while grappling with an M&E function I need to fulfill of a child survival project that is based on communication for change… but there are so many other factors that influence the outcome – this is in rural UP and urban Maharashtra.
    I will continue to come back to this website and your blog for inspiration

    – i am an Indian, independent consultant with a doctorate in public health from Hopkins in the mid-1990s

  2. http://www.mefeedia.com/watch/24063573

    You might like this connexion between aid monitoring and sensmaking tools. An idea that emerged at the World Water Forum with akvo.org after a UN monitoring workshop.

    Best Regards

  3. Are there any examples of websites where this has been applied, so we can see what it looks like – click on the tags, see how the ratings work?

  4. Given your comment on http://blogs.dfid.gov.uk/2011/03/what-should-we-make-of-the-new-uk-aid/
    , I hope the ‘unnamed client’ above is a large British national agency!

  5. Good to see some of the larger players are being exposed to evaluation techniques such as the MSC. Well done!

  6. Fred van Leeuwen Says:

    Hi Rick,

    Just to let you know.
    After training by Theo Nabben, the MSC method is now (March 2013) in the early stages of being implemented in the EDF funded Rural Infrastructure Development Programme, which is working in 17 districts in Malawi.

  7. Antoinette Sallah Says:

    Hi Rick,
    I am very impressed by the website. It will assist me for my work as an agricultural consultant. I look forward to collaborate with you in the future.Met you at ODI on 13/10/15

  8. Sandra Pico Says:

    Hi Rick, I was wondering if we can send you some ads for M&E positions we are recruiting at TETRA TECH what email address should I used?

  9. shwetasj Says:

    Great resources on M&E! Thank you!

  10. Dr. Nathaniel Yaw Adu-Boakye Says:

    Sir, I am exploring the use of Most Significant Change technique to research with the topic “Violence Against Children”. Can you please be of any assistance to me?. Would much appreciate if you can guide me through, thanks

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