Selected Presentations

The following presentations were selected to illustrate the scope of my contributions over the years.

2019 Panel member in four sessions at the IDEAS Global Assembly / Third Conference on Evaluating Environment and Development on the theme Evaluation for Transformative Change, Prague, Czech Republic, 30 September – 4 October 2019:

  • Learning from transformational change for climate action, presented by the Transformational Change Learning Partnership, Climate Investment Funds
  • Evolution or Revolution: Is it time to disrupt the field of Evaluation?
  • The house is on fire! Time capsule for Next Generations
  • Evaluating principles, not impact! Principles as levers towards transformation.
2019 Invited address. Strategies for universities to stimulate and measure their contribution to the SDGs. Conference on the Impact of Science – understanding causalities, correlations and preconditions for the different dimensions of social impact of science. Organised by the Network for the Advancement and Evaluation of the Societal Impact of Science (AESIS), Berlin, 5-7 Jun 2019.
2018 Chair of Flagship Session on the DAC Evaluation Criteria at the 13th European Evaluation Society (EES) Biennial Conference.

Four panel presentations:

  • The West and the Rest: the role of societal values in shaping evaluation
  • Evaluation Criteria for Sustainable Development. A critique of the DAC criteria
  • Spectacular Ambitions! Really, no-one left behind
  • Reversing Asymmetries in the Global Evaluation System: ‘Made in Africa’ evaluation
2018 Invited address. The imperative of a complex systems lens on evaluation for development. Systems Perspectives on Policy Development and Evaluation Conference, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, 26 June 2018.
2018 Keynote Address. Doing Evaluation Differently: Let these ideas die! UK Evaluation Society, London, 2 May 2018.
2018 Invited presentation at the OECD DAC Evaluation Network workshop: DAC Evaluation Criteria – Progressing the Dialogue, Paris, March 2018.
2018 Invited Presenter. How evaluation in the SDG era can mislead, and what to do about it. Centre for the Evaluation of Complexity Across the Nexus (CECAN) Seminar, London. 27 February 2018.
2017 Invited Panel Member. Evaluation Criteria for the SDG Era. CECAN International Symposium Complexity and Sustainability Dialogues – Environment, SDGs and Agenda 2030. Organised by the Centre for the Evaluation of Complexity at the Nexus (CECAN), Surrey, UK, 9-10 November 2017.
2017 Invited Panel Member. Enhancing Research Quality and Integrity: New Strategies and Approaches. 12th Berlin Debate on Science and Science Policy: Is Knowledge Losing Power? Towards a More Resilient Science System in the 21st Century. Organised by the Robert Bosch Stiftung, Berlin, 7 November 2017.
2017 Invited Presenter. Rethinking the OECD DAC Evaluation Criteria in the SDG Era. Geneva Evaluation Network (GEN) Seminar, 31 October 2017.
2017 Keynote Address. From science to impact: Evaluation for development in the Global South. Introduction to technology & innovation management, strategy and policy. Training programme for R&D Research and Technology Organisation professionals and policy practitioners. Organised by the Council for Industrial and Scientific Research (CSIR), South Africa and the Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge, UK, 18 August 2017.
2017 Plenary Panel Chair. Made in Africa: South-South Collaboration in Evaluation. Plenary discussion by the Presidents of the five regional evaluation associations (VOPEs) in the Global South at the Eighth Conference of the African Evaluation Association (AfrEA), Kampala, Uganda, 29-31 March 2017
2017 Chair and presenter. Grand Challenges for Evaluation. Roundtable at the Eighth Conference of the African Evaluation Association (AfrEA), Kampala, Uganda, 29-31 March 2017.
2017 Discussant. First Comprehensive Evaluation of the Development Results (CEDR) of the African Development Bank Group 2004-2013. Panel organised by IDEV, AfDB at the Eighth Conference of the African Evaluation Association (AfrEA), Kampala, Uganda, 29-31 March 2017.
2016 Invited Roundtable Panel. Climbing the High-5 Learning Curve with Independent Evaluation. Evaluation Week, African Development Bank, Abidjan, Ivory Coast. 10 November 2016.
2016 Panel presentations. Member of six panels at the European Evaluation Society (EES) Conference held on 28-30 September in Maastricht, The Netherlands:

  1. Presidential Fishbowl Panel on Sustainable Development.
  2. The Fourth Industrial Revolution, the 2030 Agenda and ‘Grand Challenges’ for Evaluation.
  3. Culture in context in the SDG era: an imperative for evaluation in Europe and beyond.
  4. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A framework for evaluating projects, programmes and policies.
  5. Sustaining development impact in an era of the Sustainable Development Goals: Wishful thinking, or a bright future?

The guiding force of standards – do they really help to ensure professionality?

2016 Presentation. Managing Research for Impact: Lessons from a decade of systems-informed evaluation. International Conference on Transformation of Research in the South: Policies and Outcomes. Organised by IDRC, IRD, IFRIS and the OECD Development Centre, Paris, France, 21-22 January 2016
2015 Presentation. The Ties that Bind: Fundamentals for the Evaluation of Development in an era of SDGs. UNDP NEC/IDEAS Joint Conference, Bangkok, Thailand, 26-30 Oct 2015
2013 Keynote address. Seeking Success, Creating Impact. OECD Global Science Forum on International Research Cooperation between Developed and Developing Countries. Stellenbosch, South Africa, 10 May 2013
2013 Keynote address. Voices from the South: Seven imperatives for the Knowledge Sharing Programme evaluation system. International Meeting on Impact Evaluation, Korean Ministry of Strategy and Finance and the Korea Development Institute (KDI), Seoul, Korea, 21-22 March 2013
2013 Invited seminar. Harnessing all our human capacity: Empowering women researchers. Women’s Forum, Stellenbosch University, South Africa, 14 May 2013
2013 STIAS Fellow seminar. Evaluation, Development and Research: What is the connection and why is it important for Africa? Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study, South Africa, 28 May 2013
2012 Panel presentation. Evaluating Impact Investing: An Emerging Area of Development Evaluation Practice. Sixth Conference of the African Evaluation Association (AfrEA), Accra, Ghana, 9-13 January 2012
2012 Panel presentation. Using Theories of Change in M&E for Development Impact. Sixth Conference of the African Evaluation Association (AfrEA), Accra, Ghana, 9-13 January 2012
2012 Presentation. Evaluating Policy Influencing using a Theory of Change Approach. Tenth Biennial International Conference of the European Evaluation Society (EES), Helsinki, Finland, 3-5 October 2012
2012 Panel Session. Evaluating Empowerment. Tenth Biennial International Conference of the European Evaluation Society (EES), Helsinki, Finland, 3-5 October 2012
2012 Invited panel. What difference are we making? Analysing and measuring the impact of think tanks. Workshop at Think Tank Initiative Exchange 2012: Enabling Success, Cape Town, 18-20 June 2012
2010 Invited commentator on all sessions, from the perspective of ‘developing country practice’. Best Practices in Development Evaluation Workshop, 24-26 March 2010, New York, USA
2010 Presentation. Impact Evaluation: Serving Development? Conference of the American Evaluation Association (AEA), San Antonio, USA, 10-13 November 2010
2010 Presentation. (Re)claiming ‘Rigor’: Orthodoxy or Opportunity? Ninth Conference of the European Evaluation Association (EES), Prague, Czech Republic, 6-8 October 2010
2009 Keynote address. Unpacking the Myths. Development and the Quest for Real Impact. Aotearoa New Zealand Evaluation Association Conference, Auckland, New Zealand, 13-14 July 2009
2008 Invited address. Building Regional Networks. International Conference on the Evaluation of Climate Change, Alexandria, Egypt, 10-13 May 2008
2007 Invited address. The Role of Evaluation in Improving Aid Effectiveness in Africa. International Symposium on Aid Effectiveness Evaluation, Foundation for Advanced Studies on International Development (FASID), Tokyo, Japan, 10 July 2007
2007 Invited address. Joining Forces to Strengthen Evaluation: Lessons from the Evolution of the African Evaluation Association. Spring Conference of the Japan Evaluation Society (JES), Tokyo, Japan, 2 June 2007
2007 Keynote address. Shaping Evaluation in the Developing World: Our Response, Our Responsibility, Our Challenge. Inaugural Conference of the South African M&E Association (SAMEA), Johannesburg, 29 March 2007
2006 Keynote address. Evaluation in Africa. Inaugural Meeting of the Uganda Evaluation Association, Kampala, Uganda
2005 Keynote address. Global Trends, African Responses. Inaugural Meeting of the Tanzania Evaluation Association, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
2004 Invited address. Capacities and Challenges for Country-led Evaluations. Symposium on Rethinking Development Evaluation, International Development Evaluation Association (IDEAS), Gland, Switzerland, 26 July 2004