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. More recently he has continued to work with a range of evaluations, mostly contracted by NIRAS International Consulting (which had purchased Indevelop). Within these frameworks and in other assignments we have led or participated in over twenty 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, primarily with think tanks. 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 was 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, with a strong emphasis on conflict affected countries. 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 has been team leader for evaluations of the Swedish country strategies in Kenya, Albania and Zimbabwe, and for the Austrian country strategy for Albania.

Recent assignments

2020 Austrian Development Cooperation

Team leader: Evaluation of the Austrian Development Cooperation strategy in Albania

2019 Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency

Team leader: Evaluation of support to the Zimbabwe Election Support Network

2019 Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency

Team leader: Evaluation of Confidence in Georgia

2015 – 2019  International Development Research Centre

Team leader: Evaluation of the Think Tank Initiative

2017 Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency

Team leader: Evaluation of Swedish support to Afrobarometer

2017 Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency

Team leader: Evaluation of Swedish support to CLACSO

2017 Danish Refugee Council

Team leader: Evaluation of ECHO financed humanitarian response for Syrian refugees in Turkey

2017 United Nations Evaluation Group

Team leader: Review and mapping of evaluative evidence regarding the humanitarian-development-peacebuilding nexus

2017 Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Team leader: Evaluation of EU Regional Development and Protection Programme in Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq

2016 Active Learning Network on Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Assistance

Co-Author: Guide to evaluating protection in humanitarian assistance

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, Marijana Trivunovic, Silvana Rusi, 2020, Mid-term Evaluation of Austrian Development Cooperation’s Albania Country Strategy 2015-2020

Christoplos, Ian, Victor Shale, Matilda Svedberg, 2019, Evaluation of the Zimbabwe Election Support Network, Sida Decentralised Evaluation 2019:28

Christoplos, Ian, Niel Dillon, 2018, Evaluation of Protection in Humanitarian Action, ALNAP Guide

Christoplos, Ian, 2017, Strengthening the Quality of Evidence in Humanitarian Evaluations, ALNAP Method Note

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