Evaluation

Glemminge Development Research has undertaken a broad range of evaluations over the past twenty years. From 2011 to 2015 Ian Christoplos was subcontracted by the Stockholm-based consulting firm Indevelop as director of a Sida framework agreement for reviews, evaluations and advisory services on results frameworks. This year he was again contracted by NIRAS International Consulting (which had purchased Indevelop) as Quality Director of their new framework agreement for Sida evaluations. Within these frameworks and in other assignments we have led or participated in over fifteen evaluations in the past decade and have undertaken quality assurance on close to 200 evaluations.

A considerable proportion of our evaluations have been on research cooperation and policy research. Examples of these include leading a review of Swedish support to five South Africa based think tanks working with peace and security, evaluations of the Cambodia Development Resource Institute and the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa. Ian Christoplos is currently team leader for a four-year developmental evaluation of the Canadian International Development Research Center led Think Tank Initiative (www.thinktankinitiative.org).

Our evaluative work has also more generally emphasised issues related to capacity development and results-based management, where we strive to bring together lessons on how aid programmes can better focus on intended outcomes related to institutional sustainability and (where appropriate) human rights based approaches. We also actively advocate for more effective use of evidence in programming decisions. As part of these efforts, Ian Christoplos was lead author of two synthesis reviews of Sida’s decentralised evaluations and a literature review on capacity development as part of a joint Nordic evaluation.  Ian Christoplos was team leader for evaluations of the Swedish country strategies in Kenya, Albania and Zimbabwe.

Recent assignments

2015 – Present  International Development Research Centre

Team leader: Contracted by Indevelop for 4.5 year evaluation of the Think Tank Initiative with responsibility for institutes in East Africa.

2015 Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency

Team leader: Evaluation of the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa.

2014 Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency

Team leader: Review of Sida evaluations undertaken during 2013.

2014 Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency

Team leader: Review of the Strategy for Swedish Aid Initiatives in Zimbabwe 2011-2014.

2014 Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency

Team leader: Literature review on capacity development.

2014 Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency

Team leader: Evaluation of the Cambodia Development Resource Institute.

2014 Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency

Team leader: Evaluation of Swedish support to the International Association of Universities.

2013 Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency

Team leader: Review of Sida evaluations undertaken in 2012-2013.

2013  Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency

Team leader: Evaluation of the Swedish cooperation strategy with Kenya 2009-2013.

2013  Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency

Team leader: Evaluation of results of the Swedish strategy for development cooperation with Albania.

2012  Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency

Team leader: Evaluation of the International Foundation for Science.

Selected publications

Christoplos, Ian, Anthony Zwi, Lily Salloum Lindegaard, 2015, Evaluation of the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA), Sida Decentralised Evaluation 2015:32

Christoplos, Ian, Greg Moran, Jesper Bjarnesen, 2015, Review of Five South Africa Based Think Tanks, Sida Decentralised Evaluation 2015:31

Christoplos, Ian, Anna Liljelund Hedqvist, Jessica Rothman, 2014, Lessons and reflections from 84 decentralised evaluations 2013: A synthesis review, Sida Studies in Evaluation 2014:1

Markensten, Klas, Ian Christoplos, 2014, Evaluation of the International School of Economics (ISET) in Georgia, Sida Decentralised Evaluation 2014:43

Christoplos, Ian, Annika Nilsson, Tsitsi Maradze, Katarina Persson, 2014, Review of the Strategy for Swedish Aid Initiatives in Zimbabwe: January 2011 – December 2014, Sida Decentralised Evaluation 2014:31

Christoplos, Ian, Kristoffer Engstrand, Anna Liljelund Hedqvist, 2014, Capacity Development Literature Review, UTV Working Paper 2014:1

Christoplos, Ian, Lily Salloum Lindegaard, Kevin Kelpin, 2014, Evaluation of the Sida supported programme of the International Association of Universities, Sida Decentralised Evaluation 2014:25

Christoplos, Ian, Karen L. Greene, 2014, Mid-term Review of Sweden’s Support to the Cambodia Development Resource Institute. Sida Decentralised Evaluation 2014:12

Christoplos, Ian, Angela Christie, Johanna Bergman-Lodin, Michael Hauer, 2013, Implementation Evaluation of the Cooperation Strategy with Kenya 2009-2013; Part Two Poverty and Development Assessment, Sida Decentralised Evaluation 2013:35:II

Christoplos, Ian, Annika Nilsson, Jim Newkirk, Sabina Ymeri, 2013, Evaluation of results of Sweden’s development cooperation strategy: Albania, Sida Decentralised Evaluation 2013:12

Christoplos, Ian, Anna Liljelund Hedqvist, Jessica Rothman, 2013, Swedish Development Cooperation in Transition? Lessons and Reflections from 71 Decentralised Evaluations (April 2012-April 2013), Sida Studies in Evaluation, 2013:1

 Christoplos, Ian and Johanna Bergman Lodin, 2012, Evaluation of the International Foundation for Science, Sida Decentralised Evaluations 2012:32