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Louise Clark

MEL Manager

Louise has worked as a monitoring, evaluation and learning professional for the past 10 years, in which time she has worked for both Oxfam America and Action Aid International and as an independent evaluator

 Her work involves all stages in the MEL cycle, from the strategic design of MEL frameworks and approaches, creating MEL processes and products, supporting monitoring and reporting to managing evaluations and facilitating spaces for reflection and learning. She has strong facilitation skills with particular interest in Theory of Change as a tool to build shared ownership of project outcomes and to challenge assumptions about how change happens to support learning and improvement.  She also has considerable experience in managing project evaluations, having commissioned numerous evaluations for INGOs as well as designing and implementing fieldwork as an independent consultant.

Before specialising in MEL, Louise worked on Knowledge Management and research communications within the agricultural development sector.  During her PhD, she developed an innovative approach to use social network mapping to visualise information flows related to agricultural value chains in rural municipalities of Bolivia.  This led to work exploring the dynamics of supply and demand of knowledge within agricultural innovation systems in order to improve communication of technical information.

Louise has lived and worked in Bolivia and Peru and she has evaluated projects in Ecuador, Paraguay, Argentina, Nicaragua, Mexico, Tanzania, Nigeria, Rwanda and Cambodia on subjects as diverse as agricultural innovation, women’s rights, indigenous rights, extractive industries, microfinance and tax justice.



Covid Collective Research Platform

The Covid Collective Research Platform will offer a rapid social science research response to inform decision-making on some of the most pressing Covid-19 related development challenges. The Covid-19 pandemic is a global crisis requiring rapid generation of policy-relevant evidence to inform...


Action on Children’s Harmful Work in African Agriculture

Action on Children’s Harmful Work in African Agriculture (ACHA) is a seven-year research programme supported by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) that started in January 2020. The aim of the programme is to build evidence on: the forms, drivers, and experiences of...


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.




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...

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Louise Clark & 3 others

22 October 2020


State of the Art on Use of Theory of Change in the Development Sector

SDC-IDS Collaboration on Poverty, Politics and Participatory Methodologies Briefing Note 7

The purpose of this briefing note is to add to SDC’s understanding of Theory of Change (ToC), drawing on the literature and practice to sketch out the current state of the art approach. This involves expanding on ToC beyond SDC’s current practice of using Impact Hypotheses (IH) to bridge it...

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Sarah Goodier & 2 others

1 August 2018

Louise Clark’s recent work


Knowledge, Impact and Policy

IDS has pioneered approaches to linking up the supply of inclusive research with the demand for evidence from governments, donors, international development agencies, and civil society. It has also helped shape the concept of the politics of knowledge and current understandings of the...