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Greg Gleed

Greg Gleed joined Itad in the Autumn of 2014, as a consultant working in the area of capacity development and organisational effectiveness.

Greg has worked in the development and humanitarian arena since 2009, and has a proven track record in providing technical assistance, facilitating learning, conducting assessments, evaluations and research, and managing strategic transitions.

Greg is currently a team member of the evaluation of DFID’s Build Capacity for Use of Research Evidence (BCURE) programme, which seeks to understand how different approaches work to build the capacity of decision makers to access, appraise and apply evidence in order to improve policy quality. He is also one of the Core Team members developing an MEL framework for the International Decision Support Initiative (iDSI), an initiative that aims to build stronger country-level institutions working in health policy by promoting partnerships that provide practical support and knowledge products for use in evidence informed decision-making at local, national and international levels.

Prior to joining Itad, Greg worked as Accountability Adviser for Save the Children UK and the Humanitarian Accountability Partnership (HAP) International, and also as researcher for HAP International and Landmine Action. He has an MSc in Social Development and Health and speaks fluent French.

 

Nationality: British
Languages: English (mother tongue), French (fluent)
Country Experience:

Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Haiti, Indonesia, Kenya, Liberia, Myanmar, Nigeria, Pakistan, Turkey, Zimbabwe

Qualifications:

2008 - 2009
MSc (with distinction) Social Development and Health
Institute for International Health and Development, QMU, Edinburgh.
2004 - 2007
BA (Hons) Psychology
Sussex University, Brighton

Employment:

2014 - Ongoing
Consultant
Itad

2013 - 2014
Accountability Advisor
Save the Children UK

2011 - 2013
Accountability Advisor
Humanitarian Accountability Partnership International

2011 - 2011
Regulatory Services Officer
Humanitarian Accountability Partnership International

2010 - 2011
Research and Communications Assistant
Humanitarian Accountability Partnership International

2010 - 2010
Research assistant
Landmine Action

2009 - 2009
Team assistant
SGS

Training:

2015
Beyond Surveys and Experiments – Other Approaches to Impact Evaluation
2014
Hostile Environment and Awareness Training, SaferEdge

Project Experience:

2017 - Present
Post hoc quality assessment and annual summary report services
(World Food Program) - Consultant - Data Analyst
WFP’s new Evaluation Policy and Strategy, requires the Office of Evaluation to conduct post-hoc quality assessment (PHQA) of both centralised and decentralised evaluations. With growing demand for evidence on the results of WFP’s policies and programmes, centralised and decentralised evaluations play an important role in telling the story of what WFP’s investments are achieving. As such, WFP wanted to design a single integrated PHQA system that meets the needs of all types of evaluations in WFP, centralised and decentralised. Integrating such a system into WFP’s evaluative processes and products will ensure that the quality of all evaluations commissioned by WFP is publicly accounted for; and that evaluation quality and use is incentivised at all levels within organisation. Itad has been selected by the WFP to design and implement this new, integrated PHQA system over a 4.5 year period.

Greg played a central role in the development of the process for implementing the PHQA system and will provide continued support with the analysis of data analysis.

2016 - Present
The Quality of Reviews and Decentralised Evaluations in Norwegian Development Cooperation
(Norad) - Consultant
Itad has been contracted by Norad to investigate the current quality of decentralised reviews, the extent to which they provide credible evidence of results and to understand how and in what ways the reviews are used and what factors influence quality and use.

Greg is leading on the development of the survey, and supporting the analysis of data.

2016
International Decision Support Initiative (iDSI) Mid-Term Evaluation
(Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation via National Institute for Clinical Excellence) - Consultant
The primary objective of the evaluation is to assess the performance of iDSI to date and to identify lessons for how the network can further strengthen and improve what it does. The evaluation focuses on five different levels of iDSI’s work, including the approach of iDSI towards initiating and delivering country level practical support, the effectiveness of this support and the extent to which iDSI’s engagement contributes to country-level policy change to support evidence-informed priority setting for health.

Greg's work included conducting a case study in Indonesia and remote interviews with iDSI and its partners.

2016 - Present
International Decision Support Initiative (iDSI) MEL framework
(Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation via National Institute for Clinical Excellence) - Consultant
IDSi aims to build effective partnerships at country, international and network levels. These partnerships provide practical support and knowledge products for use in evidence informed decision-making at local, national and international levels. Through the delivery of these support and policy-informed knowledge products, iDSi helps build stronger country level institutions working in health policy. The MEL framework tracks iDSI work at three levels – international, country and network.

Greg's focus is on designing the MEL framework, including data collection and analysis tools.

2015 - Present
Evaluation of Approaches to Build Capacity for Use of Research Evidence (BCURE)
(DFID) - Consultant, Core team member
The effective use of research by those who make policy in the Global South can have a real impact on decision-making. DFID launched their ‘Building Capacity to Use Research Evidence’ Programme (BCURE) with the aim of increasing the capacity of policy makers, practitioners and research intermediaries to use research effectively. This complex multicountry and multi-year evaluation seeks to understand which approaches to building the capacity of decision makers to access, apprise and use evidence work in which types of contexts.

Greg is leading on the Pakistan case study.

2015 - 2016
Communication for Development: An Evaluation of UNICEF’s Capacity and Action
(UNICEF) - Consultant
Greg is a core team member leading: development of the sampling framework, methodology development, undertaking desk reviews of 25 UNICEF country programmes. In particular, this evaluation will be looking at UNICEF’s response to the Ebola crisis.
2015 - Ongoing
Real Time Evaluation of Danida Country Programme for Kenya
(Danida) - Junior Consultant
Greg is currently supporting the evaluation team in the following activities: review of existing M&E systems and data, quality review of the Kenya country programme theory of change, development of an overall RTE design, review and synthesis of secondary data to identify areas for primary data collection, design and scoping of additional studies, synthesis of primary and secondary data since 2015.
2014 - Ongoing
Evaluation of Support to Capacity Development
(Norad) - Junior Consultant
The purpose of this evaluation is to improve decision-making and strategy development regarding Norwegian support to capacity development in developing countries. The evaluation addresses aid that has an explicit intention to support institutional capacity development in the recipient country and focuses on public sector institutions.

For this theory based evaluation Greg is leading on the review of the research and synthesis of evidence of six public sector capacity development intervention supported by Norway. In addition, he is responsible for conducting developing a standardized scorecard to be used across all the evaluations teams participating in the evaluation. Responsible for undertaking the review of capacity development interventions within Norad’s portfolio and supporting with desk based reviews and key informant interviews.

2014
Girl Hub, Monitoring, Learning and Results Support
(GirlHub) - Organisational Effectiveness Consultant
Contributed to Evidence Review against the level of implementation of their theory of change.

Greg is responsible for organisational effectiveness and M&E component for a review and synthesis of the research and evidence that Girl Hub has commissioned in accordance with their theory of change and logframe.

Publications:

  • Improving the effectiveness of Norwegian support to capacity development: the role of capacity assessments (2016)
    Evaluation Brief, Norad
    Rob Lloyd and Greg Gleed

  • Local perspectives of the Haiti earthquake response (2011)
    Humanitarian Exchange Magazine, ODI’s Humanitarian Practice Network
    Greg Gleed

  • Guide to the 2010 Standard in Accountability and Quality Management (2011)
    HAP Guide
    Greg provided support in the development of the guide.