I am now seeking to working part time rather than full time

My preferred work is:

  • That involves ongoing contact with a project or organisation over a period of years (now a lower priority , if I am to work part time!)
  • With organisations that recognise the importance of transparency, in their work and the work of others
  • With organisations who see the importance of not only achieving significant local impacts, but of replicating these by publicising the methods they have used and developed. AKA the production of public goods.
  • With organisations that are trying to make imaginative use of information technology, especially the world wide web, and the possibilities of large scale participation in the production and dissemination of knowledge via the web (and in all the associated debates and discussions)
  • That could involve applying, developing, testing and modifying any of the methods I have adapted or developed over the years, listed under “Rick’s Methods” on the Monitoring and Evaluation NEWS website and/or on the Rick on the Road blog. Including:
    • Decision (or Classification) Trees, for use in analysingconfigurations of conditions associated with (and possibly causing) specific outcomes of interest
    • Social Network Analysis visualisation and analytic tools for articulating a project’s Theory of Change in a way that makes it evaluable
    • Hierarchical Card Sorting, for analysing portfolios of projects and partnerships
    • Most Significant Change technique, for identifying and analysing unexpected and unquantifiable changes
    • The Basic Necessities Survey, for simple measurement of poverty status in a way that is democratic and rights based.
    • Evolving Storylines, for scenario planning
    • And other methods and possiblities listed there
  • On projects and programs which could be described as complex, because of the number and diversity of stakeholders involved, and probably the lack of a single organising authority.
  • On tasks that can be done from my base in Cambridge, reducing the number of tonnes of CO2 I would otherwise be helping to pour into the atmosphere, via international flights
    • Where this is not possible, work in countries I have worked in over the years, especially Vietnam, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Ghana, Uganda, Somaliland, and my homeland – Australia.

2 Responses to “Strategy”

  1. Melissa Evenson Says:

    Dear Rick Davies,

    I am so inspired by your career in M&E. I have been reading through your ‘Rick on the Road’ blog and I really enjoyed the year 2007 (not all the way through all years), my two favorites being Checklists and Evolving Story-lines. I appreciate the way you phrased issues found on the checklists and I always enjoy a well described design process.

    I am a 2009 Master’s graduate in International Dev. Ed. Studies with a cert. in Program Evaluation. When I came across your blog I got so excited to see what you are doing and have done in the M&E field!

    My question to you is how did you start? Where you always an independent contractor or did you work with a company first? Do you have any tips for a person seeking a career similar to yours?

    I really look forward to hearing from you.

    All the best,
    Melissa Evenson

    • rickjdavies Says:

      Hi Melissa… an answer for you
      1st degree in Psychology, then did unrelated work
      2nd degree in Social Work, then did social work
      Then worked for Australian NGO, fundraising and public education about development issues
      Then worked for an Australian NGO as administrator/manager of a primary health care project in Somalia
      Then worked for UK NGO doing urban social research in Mogadishu (pre-civil war)
      Then hired by UNICEF and World Bank and UNHCR to input into design of urban projects
      Then started PhD part time with UK university who had a consultancy contract with DFID, and who needed extra consultants
      PhD led to focus on M&E
      Moved elswehere with partner and took on more independent work, hired directly and indirectly (via consultancy companies)

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