Combining my experience in organisational development, research, evaluation and programmes, I have supported a wide range of organisations and programmes internationally and in the UK.

Selected clients and assignments, 2020:

Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Evaluation. UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Team Leader. Leading the evaluation of GCRF, a £1.5 billion fund created by the UK Government in 2015 to support cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries, with a core focus on gender and social inclusion. In association with Itad, 2020-25. Read more.

Evaluation of Payment by Results (ELVAR) for DFID’s Core Funding to UN Development, UN Humanitarian, and Red Cross & Red Crescent Movement agencies. Evaluation Lead. Leading the overall technical design and delivery of the PBR evaluation across three Business Cases, leading the UN Development BC evaluation, and Overview Report. In association with Itad, 2019-2021. Read more.

UNU-WIDER – Development Economics Research: Support to the development of UNU-WIDER’s theory of change, and design of the monitoring, evaluation and learning strategy, 2019-23. Read more.

Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, 2019. Support to the design of monitoring, evaluation and learning strategies for Governance and Co-Existence teams. In association with Integrity. Read more.

MOPAN | Multilateral Organization Performance Assessment Network, Assessment Cycle 2019. Team member, Results Lead for the assessment of CGIAR, in association with IOD PARC. Read more.

AgriFoSe2030 (Agriculture for Food Security 2030), 2019.

AgriFoSe Theory of Change workshop, October 2018

Dr Maria G Nassuna-Musoke and colleagues at the AgriFoSe Theory of Change workshop, Uppsala, 2018

Research-into-use specialist, providing mentorship to senior agricultural scientists on theory of change, research-into-use and MEL in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), supported by Sida. Read more.

Global Fund Advocates: Monitoring, evaluation and learning capacity support, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, 2019. Providing organisational support to BMGF-supported global health advocacy organisations to strengthen MLE skills and systems, in association with Itad.

African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP), Kenya, 2018. Measuring outcomes of interventions for evidence informed policymaking. Lead researcher and author for this study of current approaches to measurement in the policy and evidence field. Read more.

Building Capacity to Use Research Evidence Evaluation, DFID, 2014-18: Team leader. The final report from the BCURE evaluation is now available here, with lessons on strengthening capacities to use evidence in policymaking in government from a three-year realist evaluation in Zimbabwe, Kenya, Pakistan, Bangladesh, South Africa and Sierra Leone. In association with Itad. Read more.

Humanitarian Innovation and Evidence Programme Evaluation, DFID, 2013-18: Evaluator Innovation Theme. Five-year evaluation to evaluate the impact of this £43 million research and innovation programme on international humanitarian practice. In association with Itad. Read the reports and findings – year 4 report here; year 2 report here.

Ideas to Impact – Innovating in Development Learning Event, 2017: Researcher and facilitator. Read the challenges review paper here, and workshop report here from this vibrant event involving innovators, practitioners and funders of innovation in development. In association with IMC Worldwide.

Theory of Change Thinking in Practice: A stepwise approach, Hivos International, 2015: Researcher and trainer, with Marjan Van Es and Irene Guijt. Read our step-by-step guide to working with theory of change in support of progressive social change here.


Punton, M., Vogel, I., Leavy, J., Michaelis, C., Boydell, E. (2020) Reality Bites: Making Realist Evaluation Useful in the Real World, CDI Practice Paper 22, Institute of Development Studies (IDS) Sussex, UK

Punton, M., Vogel, I. and Lloyd, R. (2016) Reflections from a Realist Evaluation in Progress: Scaling Ladders and Stitching Theory, CDI Practice Paper 18, Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Sussex, UK.

Van Es, M., I. Guijt and I. Vogel (2015) Theory of Change Thinking in Practice. A Stepwise approach, Hivos International, Netherlands.

Vogel, I. (2012) ESPA guide to working with Theory of Change for research projects. ESPA programme.

Vogel, I. (2012) Review of the use of ‘Theory of Change’ in International development, DFID Research Paper, Department for International Development

Professional accreditations and qualifications

  • PhD in Gender and Social Change in Chile from University of Liverpool
  • Member of UK Evaluation Society
  • Project Management, range of methods

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