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)


  • Technical support with the use of the ParEvo web app to explore the experiences of international development volunteers, as part of a wider evaluation

Association of Professional Futurists

  • Member of APF Evaluation Task Force, “a 1 1/2-year initiative to think deeply about evaluation of foresight as well as identify helpful resources”

Integrity Action, UK

  • Technical adviser and member of steering group for research on “Achieving positive solutions to citizen-identified problems with service delivery”

Dept. for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), UK

  • Member of BEIS External Peer Review Group – ” to improve the quality of evaluations within the department by providing an independent, transparent assessment of the quality of our evaluations prior to publication;”

Teach First, New Zealand

  • Assisting an evaluation team to develop predictive models of the conditions associated with the achievement of objectives relating to teacher training (with Standard of Proof and Synergia)

Oxfam Iraq

  • Assist the evaluation team with the development of predictive models of conditions associated with displaced women (in Kirkuk) developing sustainable enterprises and increased personal autonomy.

Swedish Expert Group for Aid Studies

  • Member of the Reference Group – Study on Diagnostic approaches and Theory-Based Evaluation.

Centre for Excellence in Development Impact and Learning (CEDIL, UK)

  • 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”


  • A synthesis of lessons learned from evaluations of seven DFID programmes in Nigeria, in respect to selected issues (value for money, sustainability, adaptability, synergy)
  • A synthesis of lessons learned from evaluations and reviews of 16 DFID programmes operating in the Caribbean between 2009 and 2021
  • 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.

Austrian Development Agency

  • Peer reviewer for an evaluation of the Good Governance programmes portfolio, with a focus on methodology
  • Training ADA and other GoA agency staff in evaluability assessment
  • Peer reviewer of an evaluability assessment of the GoA Climate Policy Document

Tripleline, UK

  • Design and co-implementation of repeat surveys of NGO – partner organisation working relationships in South Sumatra. Combining social network analysis and predictive modelling methods.


  • External evaluation adviser to the ICS evaluation steering committee

SOLEP Luxembourg

  • SOLEP Conference: Evaluation in a Big Data Analytics Era
    • Panel Discussant:Big data analytics in evaluation: where do we stand and where are we headed?
    • Workshop on “Prediction modeling as an evaluation tool” using EvalC3,

Oxfam UK

  • Training workshop on the use of EvalC3, for use in project evaluations (causes of effects, effects of courses, and identify positive deviants) and evaluation synthesis.
  • Analysis of data on 400 cooperatives in Africa, using EvalC3, to find predictors of high and low performance and to find any cases of “positive deviance

Development Cafe, Jakarta

Independent developments



  • Development and support of EvalC3, a free and user-friendly Excel app designed for developing, exploring and evaluating predictive models of expected outcomes. Find out more here: https://evalc3.net/

“Most Significant Change” (MSC)

The Basic Necessities Survey (BNS)

  • The Basic Necessities Survey (BNS) is a method of measuring poverty that is: (a) Simple to design and implement. (b) The results are easy to analyse and to communicate to others, (c) Democratic in the way that it identifies what constitutes poverty and who is poor. (d) Rights-based, in its emphasis on entitlement


  • 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. Find out more here: https://mande.co.uk/

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
  • For a full list see here: https://richardjdavies.wordpress.com/papers-and-presentations/   and here: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Rick_Davies

Conference presentations and workshops

  • UK Evaluation Society Conference, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • 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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