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Grace Lyn Higdon

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Specialist

Grace is a monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) specialist  with over ten years of experience exploring how participatory methods can enhance organisational effectiveness during research, design, monitoring and evaluation of social change programmes.

She is deeply interested in building bridges between traditional social change actors and new entrants such as impact investors and technologists. Grace is inspired by organisational learning and accountability initiatives that offer more opportunities for decisions to be influenced by the people whose lives are most directly affected by an intervention. Grace is a proud former student of the MA Participation, Power and Social Change programme at IDS.



Centre for Development Impact

The Centre for Development Impact (CDI) contributes to learning and innovation in the field of impact evaluation. The Centre aims to improve the assessment of impact on the poor, particularly through the use of appropriate, mixed method, and robust evaluation designs.


The Impact Initiative

Six year initiative that seeks to maximise the impact of research funded by the ESRC-FCDO Strategic Partnership.




Nested Theories of Change for Adaptive Rigour

CREID Learning Brief 2

This learning brief provides illustrative examples of three major adaptations the Coalition for Religious Equality and Inclusive Development (CREID) programme has undertaken while working within fragile contexts to promote freedom of religion or belief (FoRB). These examples highlight how the...

10 December 2020


Lessons for Open Data for Development Programmes

IDS Policy Briefing;171

Open data programmes – that support the access, distribution, and effective use of data by everyone for free – are a relatively new area in global development. As more initiatives emerge, there is a need for stronger evidence to inform effective design and implementation that can mitigate...

Louise Clark
Louise Clark & 3 others

22 October 2020


Buen Vivir Fund: Participatory Impact Investing

Case Summary No. 8

The Buen Vivir Fund is a participatory impact investment fund operating internationally. It was founded in 2018 by Thousand Currents, a nongovernmental organisation, following a co-design process to conceptualise the Fund, initiated in 2016. The Buen Vivir Fund started small in terms of volume...

3 April 2020