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

– Freeman Dyson, Disturbing the Universe

Current clients (2015)

(I am now working part-time :-)

Overseas Development Institute (ODI), UK

  • Preparation of a paper “Working with loose Theories of Change” for the ODI Methods Lab project

UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre, Italy

Tripleline Consulting, UK

  • Analysis of data accumulated on projects funded via the Civil Society Challenge Fund, including project proposal appraisals and projection completion report appraisals, with the intention of finding configurations of project attributes associated with particular categories of project outcomes. AKA a predictive analytics exercise.

Government of Hungary 

  • Workshop presentation and discussions on the uses of Evaluability Assessments, to staff of the Department for Monitoring and Evaluation (Prime Minister’s Office) plus Hungarian evaluation consultants who do ex-ante evaluations of EU programme proposals for that office. View the presentation.

Oxfam Novib, Netherlands

  • Keynote speaker and discussant at Expert Meeting on Impact Measurement, The Hague. “Oxfam Novib has developed an approach to measure impact, called the World Citizens Panel. The World Citizens Panel is a balanced approach of qualitative and quantitative methods with a focus on changes in people’s lives and making these changes visible in an empowering, inclusive and rigorous way” See the presentation

Ongoing clients


  • Quality Assurance and technical advisory support to Evaluation Department staff, in relation to:
    • the macro-evaluation of DFID’s investments in two policy areas: Empowerment and Accountability, and the Strategic Vision for Girls and Women
    • a macro-evaluation of the effectiveness of regional approaches to development i.e. programmes which address regional issues, cross-border issues, or which bring several countries together. DFID has invested over £1bn in active regional programmes,
  • 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.
  • Member of the independent advisory group supporting the providers of Monitoring, Evaluating and Learning support to the International Climate Fund
  • Presentation on Evaluating ‘loose’ Theories of Change” to DFID evaluation staff

DFAT (ex-AusAID) Vietnam


Pro Bono

  • Advisory support to the evaluation unit within SolarAid, London.
  • Advisory support on evaluation issues to the Humanitarian Centre, Cambridge.
  • Exploration of content analysis methods with MSC stories, with Results In Health, Leiden
  • Exploration of methods suitable for evaluating portfolios of projects, with Comic Relief, London

 Recent clients

Evaluation Department, DFID, in UK

  • Synthesis of literature on evaluability assessments. Purpose:To produce a short practical note that summarises the literature on evaluability assessments, and highlights the main issues for consideration in commissioning an evaluability assessment
  • Lead adviser on the design and implementation of an evaluablity assessment for evaluations of DFID investments in ‘Empowerment and Accountability’ and DFID’s Strategic Vision for Girls and Women”.
  • Working with a team led by Elliot Stern with the task of “Developing a broader range of rigorous designs and methods for impact evaluations”

Overseas Development Institute (ODI), UK

  • Member of Advisory Group for the ODI Policy Influence Monitoring Project – which will seek to monitor, evaluate and build the capacity of 3ie grantees as they seek to ensure that results of their impact evaluations are used by policy makers
  • Complex systems tools: a PRF-funded research project – Working with Ben Ramalingam on exploring the use of network models for conceptualising and measuring change in DFID funded women and girls empowerment programmes,

DFAT (ex-AusAID) 

  • Building M&E capacity of Gov of Vietnam partners in phase 4 of the AID funded Human Rights Technical Cooperation Project, implemented with the assistance of the Australian Human Rights Commission. This follows on from my earlier involvement in review and design stages of phase 3 and 4 respectively, described below 2010 review of the first three phases of this project, described below.

World Vision, in UK and Canada

  • Working with Tracey Delaney to review World Vision’s experience with the use of the Most Significant Change (MSC) technique.

BBC Media Action

  • Two one-day workshops for BBC Media Action staff on possible approaches to the evaluation of portfolios of projects, including QCA, Decision Tree modeling, and evaluability assessments

Other ongoing activities

Monitoring and Evaluation News

  • Managing the website and moderating the associated email lists (2500+ members)

Better Evaluation

Peer reviews

Conference presentations and workshops

  • UK Evaluation Society Conference, London March 2014; Panel presentation on the use of evaluability assessments
  • European Evaluation Society Conference, Dublin October 2014: Workshop on the use of evaluability assessments, presentation on the triangulation of results of QCA analysis

10 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!

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