About Heather

Below is a brief overview of my professional experience.  Feel free to contact me for a full CV or for information concerning my availability.


Working with women in Sudan

Working with women in Sudan

I am an evaluation, research, and capacity building expert with ten years of experience in the field of international development and humanitarian aid.  I provide technical assistance to a number of international NGOs where my work in M&E system design, training, and program evaluation promotes improved program quality and knowledge management.  My clients include CARE, World Vision, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) Catholic Relief Services, and the World Health Organization.

Having worked in West Bank/Gaza, Iraq, and Sudan, I specialize in meaningful and practical M&E solutions for challenging operating environments.  I have experience working with M&E frameworks for large projects, country-office programs, and regional or global initiatives.  I work closely with organizational counterparts to ensure that systems are smoothly put into practice at turn-over.


Evaluation, Research, and Capacity Building for Program Quality

Experienced evaluator employing a wide range of applied research methods

Skilled facilitator, capacity builder, and communicator with ability to work with staff, upper management, and community partners to encourage intentional knowledge management among all stakeholders

Strategic contributor to winning proposals with strong skills in program design and logical frameworks



Livelihoods & agriculture

Gender empowerment


Democracy & governance


American Evaluation Association (AEA) Guiding Principles for Evaluators

DAC Criteria for Evaluating Development Assistance

ALNAP Evaluation Proforma

SPHERE, Do No Harm, HAP-I & Code of Conduct

Quantitative & Qualitative Methods

Focus group



Participatory Impact Assessment & PLA

Most Significant Change

Quasi-experimental Designs & Impact Assessments

Training & Professional Development


Outcome Harvesting, Ricardo Wilson-Grau (2011)

Developmental Evaluation, Michael Quinn Patton (2010)

Systems Thinking Applications to Evaluation, Bob Williams (2009 – 2011)

Cost Inclusive Evaluation, Brian Yates (2010)

Evaluating Complex System Interventions, Beverly Parsons and Margret Hargreaves (2009)

Purposeful Program Theory, Patricia Rogers (2009)

Real World Evaluation, Jim Rugh (2009)

Designing Theory-based Evaluations, Howard White (2009)

Impact Evaluation for Development Effectiveness, Sanjeev Khagram, Andre Proctor, Zenda Ofir & Patricia Rogers (2009)

State of the Art, Michael Scriven (2007)

Growing Your Evaluation Business, SPEC Associates (2007)

Systems Approaches to Evaluation, Glenda Eoyang & Bob Williams (2005)

Improved Instrument Development through Group Facilitation, Jennifer Dewey & Stacey Hudgens (2005)

Research Methods for Policy and Evaluation, American University of Cairo, Social Research Center (2004)

Publications & Presentations

Gender mainstreaming in WHO: where are we now (click here)

Using the Cynefin Framework in Evaluation Planning: A Case Example (click here)


Advanced Studies in Evaluation certificate, Claremont Graduate University (completion planned December 2011)

MA, Sociology, Boston College (1994)

BA, Asian Studies, University of Texas at Austin (1988)

Language Proficiency

Mother tongue English

Moderate fluency in spoken and written Arabic

Need more information?  Feel free to contact me…

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