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Sam McPherson

Sam McPherson has over 17 years of experience in international development and specialises in research, planning, and monitoring & evaluation issues with a sectoral focus of health.

He has excellent team management and facilitation skills and has key programmatic and evaluation expertise in HIV/AIDS issues, health market dynamics, organistional effectiveness, knowledge management, strategic planning, Results-Based Management (RBM) and Value for Money (VfM). Sam leads on the Human Development theme at Itad which includes Health, Education, gender and social inclusion. Prior to joining Itad, Sam was Associate Director: Field Programmes at the HIV/ AIDS Alliance. In this position, he was a member of the Alliance’s Senior Management Team and was responsible for heading up the Planning Analysis and Learning Unit at the Alliance which, amongst other things, led on the Alliance’s work on research, evaluation, aid effectiveness/VfM analysis and strategic planning across 42 countries.

Sam has project managed evaluations of multi-million pound donor projects and rolled out planning, monitoring and reporting systems in two different international NGOs, as well as setting up and managing large project teams. He has conducted VfM studies in India and Zambia, Project Directed an Evaluation of the USAID funded North Africa Regional Program and acted as Evaluation Director on a Multi-country evaluation of The Frontier Prevention Programme. Sam has represented civil society organisations at the UN Monitoring Evaluation and Reference Group (MERG) and holds an International Masters in Practicing Management.

Nationality: British
Languages: English, French
Country Experience:

Bolivia, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malawi, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand, Ukraine, Viet Nam, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Qualifications:

2008 - 2010
International Masters in Practicing Management (Distinction)
Lancaster University Management School, UK / McGill University's Desautels Faculty of Management, Canada / INSEAD, France
1993 - 1995
Master of Philosophy in Development Studies (ESRC funded)
Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK
1989 - 1993
M.A. (First Class Honours) Geography
University of Edinburgh, UK

Employment:

2014 - Ongoing
Director, Partnerships
Itad Ltd

2012 - 2014
Associate Director
Itad Ltd

2005 - 2011
Associate Director: Programs
International HIV/AIDS Alliance
Responsible for setting up and management of the Planning Analysis and Learning (PAL) Unit and member of the Alliance Senior Management Team. Responsibilities included: 1) Director role in the Alliance - member of Senior Management Team 2) Overall budget and unit (2 teams 10 people) responsibility 3) Producing the Alliances Strategic Frameworks 2007-2009 and 2010-2012 4) Managing mergers with other NGOs 5) Developing a 'Value for Money' assessment framework 6) Data management and visualization initiatives 7) Country director cover in Uganda (4 months) 8) Responsible for providing cover to for the Field Programmes Director
2002 - 2005
Head of Research and Evaluation Unit
International HIV/AIDS Alliance
Responsible for the setting up of a new unit and setting strategic directions. Responsibilities included: 1) Overall budget and team (5 people) responsibility 2) Co-ordinating evaluations, Including a major evaluation of a $25 million multi-country HIV/AIDS prevention project 3) Co-ordinating the provision of technical support on M&E to all 'Alliance' countries 4) Defining and improving monitoring systems for the Alliance 5) Co-ordinating operations research activities
August 2001 - December 2001
Manager for the Research Evaluation and Dissemination unit
Plan International
Responsible for the setting up of a new unit, setting strategic directions, hiring staff (6 people at headquarters and 20 world-wide) and hiring a replacement for my position during the transition period.
1999 - 2001
Project Manager
Plan International
Responsible for the management of the development and roll-out of the Corporate Planning Monitoring and Evaluation (CPME) system for a major international, community focused, development agency (operating in 42 developing countries). Responsibilities included: 1) Management of CPME related activities and overall strategy and direction setting 2) Staff development of other team members (3 at headquarters and 15 world-wide) 3) Management of workshop and training functions (international arena) 4) Overall budget responsibility
1998 - 1999
Development Officer
Plan International
Responsible for the management of the development and international rollout of the planning, monitoring and evaluation components of CPME. Responsibilities included: 1) Lead role in development of corporate planning instruments - including strategic and operational planning instruments and methodologies. 2) Lead role in development of corporate monitoring and evaluation instruments, manuals and carrying out international testing, piloting and roll-out training. 3) Business owner for the development of bespoke software supporting planning, monitoring and evaluation processes. 4) Training of field staff (especially Training of Trainers) in CPME methodologies and associated software and support of roll-out of CPME system.
1995 - 1997
In-house Consultant
European Commission, Evaluation Unit of DGVIII (Development)
In House Consultant for the European Commission (EC) working for the Evaluation Unit of DGVIII (Development).
January 1994 - December 1994
Part-time Research Assistant
Dr Robert Chambers at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex
Preparing an in-depth annotated bibliography on Participatory Rural Appraisal and Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation - for publication.
June 1994 - October 1994
Research Co-ordinator
International Centre for Living Aquatic Resource Management (ICLARM)
Duties included organising and administrating a large scale ecological and social survey in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam; training of Vietnamese scientists in the survey methods used; and critically analysing the survey/analytical techniques that were employed in the research 'package'.

Project Experience:

2014 - 2016
The Global Fund’s 2015 Strategic Review
(Global Fund) - Project Director
Conducting the mid-term review of the Implementation of the Global Fund’s 2012–2016 Strategy and to assess impact made against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and Malaria over the past ten to fourteen years. Overall project director for the assignment.
2014 - 2016
Evaluation of DFID-CHAI Market-Shaping for Access to Safe, Effective and Affordable Health Commodities
(DFID) - Project Director
Delivery of: (i) a baseline data report, (ii) an ‘interim findings’ report to help inform programme activities and priorities for the remainder of the CHAI grant period, (iii) an end of grant evaluation report which covers the programme areas evaluated/reviewed; (iv) an end of grant document that addresses the lessons learned during the evaluation and a learning note for dissemination across the market dynamics. Overall project director for the assignment.
2013 - Ongoing
Evaluation Services of the 3MDG Fund
(Euro Health Group, UNOPS) - Project Deputy Director/Quality Assurance
Project Evaluation Services of the 3 Millennium Development Goal (3MDG) Fund in Myanmar. The 3MDG Fund is the next phase of funding of the Three Diseases Fund (3DF) which was established by a consortia of seven donors after the withdrawal of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria from Myanmar in 2005. Supporting the consortia in defining evaluation approaches and providing overall QA to the project.
2013 - 2015
Evaluation of 2 UK Frameworks: Results for Malaria in the developing world and: Improving Reproductive, Maternal and Newborn health in the developing world
(DFID) - Evaluability manager and VFM lead
In 2010, DFID published two Frameworks for Results (FfRs - 'Breaking the Cycle: Saving Lives and Protecting the Future' and 'Choices for Women: Planned Pregnancies, Safe Births and Healthy Newborns'. The key objective of this evaluation is to verify the results achieved by DFID and to evaluate the utility of these frameworks as a guiding modality. Lead on the production of the Evaluability assessment for this assignment. Lead on the Value for Money component of the work.
2013 - 2015
Assessing Value for Money in DFID’s Health Portfolio across States in India
(DFID) - Team Director
Conducting a formative VFM assessment of DFID's support Financial Assistance (FA) and Technical Assistance (TA) to three states (Odisha, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh). Overall project director for the assignment.
2013 - 2014
Access and Beneficiary Feedback Pilots Programme: Research and Impact Evaluation
(DFID) - Team Lead
An evaluation of 12 DFID pilots which combines the use of quasi-experimental methods, theory-based approaches and process evaluation to understand if and how beneficiary feedback mechanisms and transparency results in improved programme quality and better development outcomes. Overall team lead
2013 - 2014
Formative Evaluation of Monitoring Results for Equity System (MoRES) Approach
(UNICEF) - Deputy Team Lead
MoRES is a conceptual framework for effective planning, programming, implementation, monitoring and managing for results to achieve desired outcomes for the most disadvantaged children. The objective of the evaluation is to support continuing efforts across UNICEF to articulate, develop and mainstream the MoRES approach by learning from experience. The evaluation is, therefore, forward-looking, focusing on operational learning and practical adaptation rather than on issues of accountability and outcomes. Deputy team lead managing a number of in-country studies and leading the drafting of key components of the report
2012 - 2014
M&E of the NICE International Health Partnerships Scheme
(NICE International, UK, China, India) - Project Director
Monitoring and Evaluation of NICE International (National Institute of Clinical Excellence) Activities in the Context of the Health Partnerships Scheme. Working in Kerala, India and Beijing, China. ITAD is designing a fit for purpose monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework and is applying this framework, in collaboration with NICE International and its partners, to the activities of the three year Health Partnerships Scheme (HPS) project. ITAD will be delivering under three phases - 1) inception / design, 2) protocol analysis and validation 3) project evaluation and re-planning.

Director on the team which is providing expertise in country health systems, statistical analysis, health issues in developing and middle income countries, and monitoring and evaluation and quality assurance. Specific methodologies being used include, document reviews, interviews with key informants, theory of change, (re)construction of portfolio intervention logic, development of an analytical and theoretical logical framework.

2012 - 2012
Mid-Term Evaluation of Oxfam GB’s DFID Programme Partnership Agreement (PPA)
(Oxfam, UK, Pakistan, Kenya, Zimbabwe) - Project Director and Quality Assurance
This Mid Term Evaluation (MTE) examined the proposition that the mixed funding approaches through the PPA can improve the quality of Oxfam programmes according to a range of criteria. The MTE assessed the added value of Oxfam's PPA funding and the quality of ongoing learning and the likelihood that it can provide the evidence required at the end of the PPA period. Value for money and the quality of ongoing M&E at Oxfam were key elements of the MTE. An effective gender approach was key to the MTE design and learning. The aim of the project was to undertake an analysis of country visits, UK interviews and desk studies, followed by a meeting with Oxfam PPA Steering Committee on the MTE findings.

Provided overall project direction and Quality Assurance on the job.

2012 - 2012
Plan UK, Independent Progress Review of DFID PPA Funding – Building Skills for Life ‘Empowering Adolescent Girls through Education’
(Plan UK) - Project manager and Quality Assurance
Plan UK, Independent Progress Review (IPR) of the Department for International Development's (DFID) General Programme Partnership Agreement (PPA). This mid-term review covered: evaluation strategy, value for money and impact evaluation for civil society organisations, girls' rights and gender equality, and was underpinned by robust research. The approach included: inception meeting, rapid document review, evidence collection through interviews and workshops with management team, 3 in-depth project case studies with qualitative and quantitative methods for gathering data, followed by analysis, reporting and presentation / dissemination of findings

Project managemet, Input in to the Value For Money Assessement. Quality Assurance

2012 - 2012
Population Council USA Training of senior staff on Value for Money approaches
(Population Council, USA) - Lead Trainer
Developed and co-ran a bespoke training for Population Counsil staff focused on Value for Money approaches and working with Dfid
2012 - 2012 (ongoing)
Assessing the Value for Money of Vaccine Product Development Partnerships
(International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, USA) - Project Director
This project has been commissioned by the IAVI secretariat and is focused on helping IAVI articulate its value for money proposition while at the same time help define areas where it can increase its VFM offer. Working in close coordination with the senior management team at IAVI, ITAD have helped create a detailed Theory of Change(ToC) for the organisation and then have mapped over this ToC the key areas where IAVI does (or could) leverage significant VFM. On the basis on this very participatory exercise ITAD have then helped IAVI build a comprehensive case for how they offer VFM in their sector and within the development arena in general.
2012 - 2012
Information to Support the Development of a DFID Southern Africa Regional HIV Prevention Programme
(DFID Southern Africa, Botswana, South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe) - Project Director
DFID Southern Africa office is designing a new regional programme to support HIV prevention in the Southern African Region. The programme intends to build (regional) consensus around methods of HIV prevention that have proven effectiveness. The objective of this assignment is to: (a) provide data and information for DFID and partners on noteworthy HIV prevention methods and programmes implemented in Southern Africa; and (b) develop options for a business case of a regional HIV prevention programme for Southern Africa.
2012 - 2012 (ongoing)
Nigeria, PATHS2 Mid-term Evaluation Study
(DFID, Nigeria) - Project Director
Partnership for Transforming Health Systems 2 (PATHS2) is a 6-year national programme funded by DFID which aims to lead to the strengthening of the health system in Nigeria. I ITAD is leading a consortium to conduct a 2012 baseline project evaluation in the 5 focal states and at the federal level. Three surveys are being conducted - a household survey, facility survey, and provider survey, using face-to-face interviewing with PDAs or laptops in order to reduce field time and data-entry error.
2012 - 2012
Comic Relief, Study on Costs of Measuring Effectiveness
(Comic Relief, UK) - Team Leader
This research project is funded by DFID, Comic Relief, NIDOS and BOND and is focused on helping establish normative guidance for NGOs relating to the level of resources that they should invest in measuring their effectiveness. The approach we are taking it to undertake a series of in depth case studies of NGOs who exhibit excellence in key areas of M&E and unpack how these NGOs have resourced this work. This information coupled with an extensive web based survey of all UK based NGOs, a costing exercise and in country site visits will help provide the basis for the development of normative guidance to help UK NGOs resource their effectiveness work.
2012 - 2012
5 year evaluation of global health initiative – UNITAID
(UNITAID, Global) - Project Manager and Operational Lead
UNITAID is a global health initiative, established in 2006 to provide sustainable, predictable and additional funding for the treatment of HIV/ AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. It has disbursed over $1.5 billion over the last five years to partners across the three disease areas with the aim of addressing gaps in the provision of quality medicines, diagnostics and other commodities through market-based approaches and interventions. The purpose of the assignment is two-fold; to assess UNITAID's overall performance against its goals and principles, and identify how UNITAID can strategically leverage its strengths to increase its impact on markets and catalyse improved public health outcomes.

ITAD is leading a comprehensive, high quality and robust 5-year evaluation of UNITAID with SEEK Development and a range of other partners. We are implementing an innovative methodology, based on an underpinning Theory of Change (ToC) analysis. A mixed methods approach is then being deployed, centred around the ex-post construction of detailed ToC for UNITAID operations across the three work streams. Contribution analysis is also being used to establish the extent to which both market and health impacts generated can be linked to UNITAID intervention.

2011
Multi-country costing study
(UNAIDS, Cambodia, Zambia, Kenya) - Project Director
Project director on multi-country costing study evaluating the costs of community based HIV/AIDS and health interventions delivered by CS organisations.
2011 - 2011
'Value for Money' (VFM) study
(DFID, India) - Project Director
Project director on 'Value for Money' (VfM) study employing Social Return on Investment (SROI) methodology to determine impact of home based care programmes on orphans a vulnerable children in India.
2011
'Value for Money' (VFM) study
(DFID, Zambia) - Project Director
Project director on Value for Money study employing Social Return on Investment (SROI) methodology to determine impact of anti-stigma programmes in Zambia.
2011
Community mobilisation and VfM of CSO projects
(World Bank, UK) - Project Director
Project director for contract with WB focusing on defining 'community mobilisation' as delivered by CSOs and identifying key methods for measuring the VFM of these interventions.
2010 - 2010
Evaluation of USAID funded North Africa Regional Program
(USAID, North Africa) - Evaluation Director
Evaluation of USAID funded North Africa Regional Program
2006 - 2010
Research Programme Consortia - Evidence for Action
(DFID, Zambia, India, Senegal, Ecuardor, Zimbabwe, Kenya) - Research Coordinator
DFID Research Programme Consortia - led by LSHTM. Evidence for Action - researching evidence on how to design, manage and deliver comprehensive HIV treatment and care programmes in resource-poor settings. Budget: $383,590.
2002 - 2010
Multi-country evaluation of The Frontier Prevention Programme
(Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, India, Ecuador, Cambodia, Morocco) - Evaluation Director
Evaluation Director for a major evaluation (RCT + design) of a multifaceted HIV/AIDS prevention programme ($25 Million programme) - The Frontier Prevention Programme - delivered by CS organisations in 4 countries. Evaluation budget: $6,236,000.
2009 - 2099
Organisational review of HIV/AIDS Alliance
(USAID, Uganda) - Acting Country Director
Acting country director for the International HIV/AIDS Alliance in Uganda covering gaps in country director position. Included organisational review.
2008 - 2009
Health Communications Partnership
(USAID (Led by John Hopkins University), Mozambique) - Alliance Manager of project
Health Communications Partnership (HCP), Mozambique. Budget: $233,284
2002 - 2008
Improving prevention, care and support programmes and service delivery
(USAID (Led by the Population Council), India, Senegal, Cambodia, Zambia, Ecuador) - Research Coordinator
A global operations research project designed to identify solutions to improve prevention, care and support programmes and service delivery. Research budget: $715,145.
1998 - 2001
Corporate Planning Monitoring and Evaluation (CPME) system
(Plan International, Global) - Manager
Responsible for the management of the development and roll-out of the Corporate Planning Monitoring and Evaluation (CPME) system for a major international, community focused, CS development agency (operating in 42 developing countries).
1995 - 1997
Field level evaluation missions
(European Commission, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Vietnam) - Consultant, Monitoring and Evaluation
Participation in field level evaluation missions and contributing to production of evaluation products (carrying out a poverty analysis reviews, research into the provision of 'social safety nets' in recipient countries, and direct methodological assistance to the consulting teams).

Membership of professional associations:

  • Member, UK Evaluation Society

Publications:

  • Meeting the challenges of proving impact in Andhra Pradesh, India (2010)
    Journal of Development Effectiveness, December 2010, Vol 2, No 4, 468-485
    Fiona Samuels and Sam McPherson

  • Community-based prevention leads to an increase in condom use and a reduction in sexually transmitted infections among men who have sex with men and female sex workers: the Frontiers Prevention Project evaluation results (2010)
    BMC Public Health 2010, 10:497
    Juan-Pablo Gutierrez, Sam McPherson, Ade Fakoya, Alexander Matheou, Stefano M Bertozzi

  • Demography and sex work characteristics of female sex workers in India (2006)
    BMC Int Health Hum Rights 2006 Apr 14, 6:5
    Dandona R, Dandona L, Kumar GA, Gutierrez JP, McPherson S, Samuels F, Bertozzi SM, Study Team TA

  • How much attention is needed towards men who sell sex to men for HIV prevention in India? (2006)
    BMC Public Health 2006, 6:31
    Dandona L, Dandona R, Kumar GA, Gutierrez JP, McPherson S, Bertozzi SM, ASCI FPP Study Team

  • High risk of HIV in non-brothel based female sex workers in India (2005)
    BMC Public Health 2005, 5:87
    Dandona R, Dandona L, Gutierrez JP, Kumar AG, McPherson S, Samuels F, Bertozzi SM, ASCI FPP Study Team

  • Sex behaviour of men who have sex with men and risk of HIV in Andhra Pradesh, India (2005)
    AIDS 2005 Mar 24, 19:611-9
    Dandona L, Dandona R, Gutierrez JP, Kumar GA, McPherson S, Bertozzi SM, ASCI FPP Study

  • HIV testing among female sex workers in Andhra Pradesh, India (2005)
    AIDS 2005 Nov 18, 19:2033-6
    Dandona Dandona L, Kumar GA, Gutierrez JP, McPherson S, Bertozzi SM, the ASCI FPP Study Team

  • Getting In Right: Designing An Evaluation Of An International Non-Governmental Organisation Led HIV/AIDS Prevention Programme In Resource Poor Settings (2004)
    Presentation at Sixth International Conference on Social Science Methodology: Recent Developments and Applications in Social Research Methodology
    F Samuels, S Bertozzi, JP Gutierrez, L Dandona, R Dandona, D Molina

  • Understanding Pathways: Exploring Quantitative Social Capital Measures and Their Links to Health Outcomes (2004)
    XV International AIDS Conference, 2004, pp 327-334
    F Samuels, P Chikukwa, JP Gutierrez, S Bertozzi, L Dandona

  • Corporate Planning Monitoring and Evaluation: Guidelines for implementation Plan International (version 2) (2001)
    Plan International 2001
    Lead author with Corbette V, Deson N

  • An evaluation of Stabex and Structural Adjustment Support (SAS) in Zimbabwe (2001)
    Final Report, EC evaluation reports DGVIII
    Penrose, P., Muchaponda, E., McPherson S.

  • Annotated bibliography on Participatory Rural Appraisal and Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation (1994)
    IDS PRA guides, Institute of Development Studies
    McPherson S.