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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.

Research

Project

Covid-19 Responses for Equity (CORE) Knowledge Translation Support

This knowledge translation project aims to increase the visibility, support and uptake of research generated by IDRC’s cohort of CORE research projects, to foster evidence-based policymaking for response to and recovery from the socio-economic impacts of Covid-19.

Project

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.

Project

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

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.

Opinions

Publications

Louise Clark’s recent work

Cluster

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...