Ting Yang - DPhil Student and Alumni Ambassador, China
Ting Yang holds a Master's degree in Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Liverpool (2005) and subsequently she has worked for both the private and public sector. After her mission with the Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Games (2007-2008), Ting joined the United Nations Economics and Social Commission for the Asia and Pacific (2009-2011) and then received research training from the Institute of Social Studies in Netherlands (2012-2013) prior to commencing her DPhil study with IDS.
Ting Yang's research aims to explore adaptive and feasible alternatives for the evaluation of development projects through testing new models or initiatives (such as synthesis model of Logical Frameworks Approach and Outcome Mapping). It is expected that the applicability and value of the model could be examined empirically, in-depth data collected and useful lessons and implications drawn for future reference and research. More specifically, her key research questions are:
- What are the criteria for the effective evaluation of development projects, within the current development agenda?
- To what extent can existing evaluation tools effectively assess the development results of projects, and what gaps and problems need to be addressed?
- Are there any other potential alternatives available and what further improvements are needed?