Edward Hedley has a strong personal interest in international development founded on academic study of development issues in the UK, Denmark and South-east Asia, voluntary work in Vietnam and, most recently, more than eight years professional working experience in international development in Africa, South-east Asia, Asia-Pacific and Central Asia.
He has worked for a wide-range of donor and INGO projects, focussing recently on the design of theories of change, results chains, M&E frameworks and Value for Money (VfM) systems for high profile interventions in private sector development, agriculture and rural finance, and in regional integration. Edward is currently offering long-term support to the DfID-funded Private Enterprise Programme Ethiopia (PEPE) and to an evaluation of the DfID-funded West Africa Food Markets (WAFM) programme. He has recently completed support to the Rwanda Country Programme of Trade Mark East Africa, helping Trade Mark and its Rwandan partners to strengthen their approach to monitoring and evaluation across a large portfolio of projects and to develop further the evidence base for these interventions.
In this work, Edward has developed innovative approaches to programme monitoring, including the use of ICTs and beneficiary feed-back in reporting, and has designed approaches to M&E which are attuned to the particular methodological challenges of monitoring and evaluating challenge fund and M4P-type private sector development projects, including the design and use of theory-based and quasi-experimental approaches.
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Afghanistan, Cambodia, Laos, Lebanon, Philippines, Rwanda, Thailand, Viet Nam
Roskilde University, Denmark
University of Durham
Business development including technical contributions to Expression of Interest and Proposals. Management of a portfolio of fee-earning work and projects (sub-contracting, managing freelance consultants, quality assurance, budgeting and financial monitoring). Undertaking consultancy work.
Mekong Economics Ltd.
Business development activities including Expressions of Interest and proposals; design of M&E frameworks and assessments of outcomes/impacts; capacity assessments of planning, M&E and PFM processes; socio-economic survey design, coordination and management; research budget preparation; training and management of survey staff; and coordination of local and international consultants.
Aspire Partnership Ltd.
Project Coordinator for a high-profile campaign in the North East of England to address skills shortages in the labour market by raising the aspirations and relevant skills of the region's young people and by encouraging improved dialogue between private enterprise and educational institutions delivering both academic and vocational training courses. Operated in support of the delivery team, including organising events, dealing with enquiries from the public, raising purchase orders, managing databases and I.T. systems and encompassing all other duties relating to administration.
(DFID) - Theory-based Evaluation Advisor
The West Africa Food Markets (WAFM) Pilot Programme is a 5 year initiative that seeks to increase the availability of staple foods and purchasing power of farmers in food-insecure regions of the Sahel, as well as to increase their resilience to hunger and malnutrition during the regular hungry seasons and periodic shocks.
Itad is responsible for designing and implementing an independent multi-year evaluation of WAFM. Edward is leading on the design of a programme theory of change (ToC) and in working with the programme management unit (PMU) to generate reporting data that is relevant to the needs of Itad’s Impact Evaluation, providing advice and support as necessary. Over the course of the evaluation, he will also support the Team leader in the design of a theory-based, Realist Evaluation.
(DFID) - International M&E Advisor
PEPE is helping generate access to finance, good quality jobs, and increased incomes for Ethiopia’s poor. It is being implemented using the Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) approach with the aim to make markets more effective, sustainable and beneficial for poor people.
Edward is providing a variety of inputs in support of the in-country M&E Team as required. He has had a specific responsibility to design and implement the Programme VfM System which combines cost and results data and attributes this to individual interventions. He also provides support to the M&E Manager, including logframe and theory of change (ToC) review and training on specific topics.
(DFID) - Monitoring Design and Survey Advisor
MADE is a 5 year programme to improve the incomes and resilience of poor farmers and small-scale, rural entrepreneurs in the North of Ghana by improving the way in which markets work, with a particular focus on agricultural value chains. The programme is being implemented using the Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) approach with the aim to make markets more effective, sustainable and beneficial for poor people.
Edward is contributing to the design of a comprehensive M&E system based on theories of change in each intervention sector with universal indicators to measure agricultural outcomes. His role involves supporting an in-country M&E team to develop results chains, monitoring plans, survey designs and survey instruments.
(World Bank, UK and Somaliland) - International M&E Advisor
The Somaliland Business Fund (SBF), part of the World Bank-administered SomPREPII programme, is a $3.6 million fund which offers grants to the Somaliland private sector ranging from $5,000 to $150,000, for projects involving business development services and/or fixed assets.
As senior M&E advisor, responsible for developing the SBF M&E system to be compatible to the SomPREPII results framework, which summarises SBF's key performance indicators. On-going M&E support includes design of M&E tools and procedures and training for SBF Fund Analysts in Somaliland, as well as QA of on-going M&E processes. End-line activities include design of SBF's approach to counterfactual analysis, impact assessment and contributions analysis.
(GSMA/Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, UK and elsewhere) - Stakeholder Feedback and PLP Evaluation Design
The Mobile Money for the Unbanked (MMU) programme is working with mobile operators, banks, microfinance institutions, government and development organizations to encourage the expansion of reliable, affordable mobile financial services to the unbanked. The programme will support approximately 20 projects in developing countries, focusing on Africa, Asia and Latin America, with the goal of reaching 20 million previously unbanked people with mobile financial services by 2012. Mobile money services are expected to bring low-cost, high-quality financial services to millions of people in the developing world so they can manage life's risks and build financial security.
Working with the Agricultural Learning and Impacts Network (ALINe), responsible for developing an online survey of stakeholders? perceptions to monitor MMU's progress against the programme's key performance indicators. In the second phase of the work, led the design and implementation of an evaluation of MMU's in-country PLP deployments, working closely with a mobile industry specialist. These evaluations entailed a series of field visits to MMU-supported deployments, as well as telephone-based interviews with key industry personnel.
(TMEA Rwanda, UK, Rwanda and Kenya) - International M&E Advisor
TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) is a not for profit organisation that gives technical and monetary support to the EAC Secretariat, national governments, private sector and civil society so they can enhance trade and markets in the region for the benefit of all East Africans. Through TMEA, a cost-effective regional aid delivery mechanism has been established that can focus on building long-term East African capacity. TMEA provides a durable platform for scaling-up Aid For Trade to East Africa in areas such as: Trade policy reform; Trade-related infrastructure; Regional investment climate harmonization; Export development; Trade facilitation; Coping with the social and environmental adjustment costs of deeper integration and rapid export-led growth. ITAD are providing in-depth and ongoing M&E support to TMEA Rwanda and its partners, including 18 government, quasi-government, private sector and civil society organisations. This support aims to enhance the overall quality and coherence of TMEA Rwanda?s programme goals and performance metrics and to provide ongoing mentoring and technical assistance to its partners to enhance the evidence-base for project design, the quality of their key performance indicators, their capacity to report on project outputs and outcomes, and their capacity to use monitoring information in project management decisions.
Played a key role in providing long term in-country M&E support to TMEA Rwanda which encompassed logframe and indicator design for the overall programme, results chain, M&E framework and indicator development for individual partner projects, baseline study commissioning and quality assurance, the design of specialist yet practical approaches for monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of advocacy and communication activities, design of approaches for counterfactual analysis, oversight of partner reporting functions and the incorporation of reporting data into management decisions, and the design of end-line approaches for contributions analysis. As part of this assignment, managed a team of Rwandan local M&E experts and worked closely with the TMEA Rwanda Country Director and Project Officers, results advisors in the TMEA regional office Nairobi, and a wide range of project partners across many different sectors. This work included the design and delivery of training modules on a range of M&E topics such as indicator development, results-based monitoring and project cycle management.
(DFID, Afghanistan) - Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist
The Afghanistan Business Innovation Fund (ABIF) falls under DFID Afghanistans Supporting Employment and Enterprise Development (SEED) umbrella programme (2009-2013). The overall goal of SEED is to increase economic opportunity delivered by the private sector, resulting in the creation of 20,000 jobs and a 10% increase in incomes of 200,000 Afghans by 2013. Its purpose is to strengthen the private sectors ability in invest and compete. ABIF aims to support the SEED purpose and goal by catalysing innovative business models that improve access to markets and contribute to income and employment generation.
Home and Kabul-based inputs were provided which included: Reviewing the existing logframe and draft indicators and addressing the concerns of DFID to reach a practical solution to logframe design which was acceptable both to DFID and the operational managers of the Fund; Reviewing and providing innovative means to strengthen the existing project performance monitoring system as set out in the draft operations manual; Proposing suitable indicators and means of verification to capture and evaluate changes observed at outcome and impact levels; Meeting with DFID Results Team to discuss ABIFs potential M&E design; Designing an M&E strategy which is appropriate to an M4P-style intervention, the resources available for M&E activities, and the constraints of conducting research in Afghanistan; and Producing a concise M&E framework to be included in the overall project strategy document which establishes the approach taken to M&E for ABIF, roles and responsibilities, and a practical guide to M&E in ABIF for Fund staff. Ongoing M&E support is provided throughout the project's lifetime.
(GSMA/USAID, UK, India, Tanzania and Kenya) - Impact Evaluation Specialist
The mFarmer initiative aims to facilitate the creation and scaling of mobile agricultural solutions that bridge the information gap and increase the productivity and income of rural small-holders by 2014.
As the Impact evaluation specialist, initial responsibilities include developing a monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) framework for the mFarmer initiative, based on a thorough analysis of the initiative's theory of change. This involved facilitating a theory of change workshop with programme stakeholders and developing a suite of key performance indicators which aggregate output, outcome and impact data across country mFarmer deployments. Working with the the Agricultural Learning and Impacts Network (ALINe), further ongoing support provided to mFarmer includes M&E tool development, baseline data collection, and design of a system for ongoing program monitoring. This is based on an innovative approach to using mobile phones for project impact monitoring. M&E support encompasses the design and implementation of an end-line impact evaluation.
(DFID, Desk-based inputs) - Evaluation & Theory of Change Specialist
The Northern Ghana Millennium Village is part of the Millennium Villages Project and is designed to provide a 'big push' to enable communities to break out of village-level poverty traps. DFID contracted Itad and associates to carry out an independent, rigorous evaluation of the MV programme in Northern Ghana. This consists of an independent, rigorous evaluation of the MV over a 10 year period in conjuntion with the project's internal M&E system. It also aims to develop an evidence-base around the MV package of interventions to inform decisions on scaling up the MVP approach.
As part of the Itad evaluation team, developed detailed theories of change for each of the MV intervention sectors, including agricuture, education and health based on MV workplans and logframes. These theories of change were then used as a principal reference point in developing systematic evaluaton frameworks and questions which were relevant to the sequencing and scope of interventions and to the overall evaluation design.
(The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI), UK) - Assistant to the Team Leader in Value for Money M&E Analysis and Design
The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) is a global not-for-profit organization whose mission is to ensure the development of safe, effective, accessible, preventive HIV vaccines for use throughout the world. Founded in 1996, IAVI works with partners in 25 countries to research, design and develop AIDS vaccine candidates. The project entailed assisting IAVI in designing a value for money framework for its work in the medium-term, with the twin aims of improving the effectiveness and efficiency of resource allocation and of enhancing IAVI's communication messages to potential donors of the future value of its work over the longer term.
Working with an industry specialist, designed a theory of change for IAVI's work, which links current activities with medium and longer term objectives. Analysed IAVI's current suite of indicators and mapped them according to an ITAD-developed VFM analytical tool which assesses each indicator according to their relevance to key VFM criteria. Provided recommendations for indicator improvement to the team leader.
(European Commission , Lebanon) - Monitor
The Results-Oriented Monitoring (ROM) system provides external, objective and impartial feedback on the performance of aid projects and programmes financed by the EC.
As part of the ROM mission to Lebanon, provided in-depth monitoring of two ongoing projects supported by EU funding. This included rating the performance of each project according to the 5 OECD-DAC evaluation criteria.
(DFID, Nigeria) - Researcher
The Policy Development Facility (PDF) is a GBP 10 million Technical Cooperation fund for the five years from June 2010 to end May 2015, which aims to build capacity, primarily, but not exclusively, in the Federal Government, to undertake evidence based research to inform policy formulation and to assist the key agencies in the early stages of implementing these policy priorities. The facility is framed within the goal of implementing evidence based, pro-poor economic policies in Nigeria. The purpose is to increase the capacity of FGN to implement evidence based policies. This purpose is to be achieved through the delivery of two outputs: evidence based analysis which informs policy discussion and formulation and increased momentum for organisational strengthening to facilitate policy implementation.
As part of the annual review of PDF, conducted the following Project Completion Review (PCR) activities: Developed survey tools to guide detailed, in-depth interviews with consultants employed by PDF, primarily assessing their contributions to evidence-based and pro-poor policy making, as well as coordination between consultants and their activities with regard to Value for Money; In coordination with the PDF Manager, developed review formats to present fact-finding from the PCRs; Conducted in-depth telephone interviews with 15 consultants employed by PDF in various Federal Ministries; Produced detailed interview notes following the new review format; and Delivered 15 synthesis papers to DFID outlining key findings and rating project performance and Value for Money.
(FAO, The Philippines, Kenya and others (UK desk-based study)) - Researcher
ITAD was commissioned by FAO to draft a working paper which assessed the potentials and constraints of using mobile phones in development/investment projects through a study of relevant experience in practical cases. The working paper considered case studies in a number of sectors including agricultural information services, mobile M&E, mobile banking, education and literacy and anti-corruption. Each case study was analysed according to a number of criteria including appropriateness, relevance, replicability, scalability and sustainability.
Conducted the majority of the research and analysis for the working paper. Identified a short list of suitable case studies of actual use of mobile phones in investment and development projects and worked closely with the client to determine the final selection of case studies for the working paper. Defined relevant criteria to analyse the selected case studies, conducted the analysis and wrote the final report for submission to the client.
(EU, The Ukraine (UK desk-based work)) - Researcher
A practical guide to the design and implementation of project evaluation for use at the operational level. This handbook contributed to an ongoing bridging support to institutional capacity building for enhanced Ukraine - EU Cooperation. For government departments with limited experience or expertise in conducting project evaluation, the handbook provided an introduction to key concepts in project evaluation, stages in conducting an evaluation and example templates of evaluation documents and tools.
Drawing on existing experience and expertise in evaluation, and knowledge of the project context and existing capacity constraints, produced the handbook for submission to the client.
(GTZ, Vietnam) - Survey Project Manager
A KAP survey of health care users and health care service providers in sexual and reproductive health to collect data on project indicators as part of the end-project evaluation of the GTZ Support to Decentralized Health Systems project.
Designed a research strategy to collect data on project indicators in close consultation with the client, including survey methodology and sampling; conducted scoping activities in Son La province to refine the research strategy; drafted survey instruments to collect empirical data, including quantitative survey questionnaires, in-depth interview outlines and focus-group discussion guidelines; led fieldwork activities to identify, recruit and train a team of survey enumerators and supervisors to conduct the survey; and facilitated focus-group discussions with health care users and health care workers.
(Danida, Vietnam) - Planning and Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor
Design for a package of technical support to enhance strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation in two provinces as part of a change from program support to a budget support modality
Conducted interviews with Departments of Agriculture and Rural Development to determine their needs for technical assistance in planning and monitoring and evaluation; liaised closely with the client to determine the scope and aims of the intended TA support; drafted a terms of reference combining the needs for TA of the provincial Departments of Agriculture and Rural Development with the strategic aims and objectives of the donor. The TOR outlined the scope of activities to strengthen strategic planning and M&E, and listed outputs, target deadlines and a profile of the consulting team required.
(Danida, Vietnam) - Planning and Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist
Assessment of local government systems for public financial management, planning, and monitoring and evaluation for DANIDA Agriculture and Rural Development Sector Program Support
Drafted evaluation framework and survey instruments for the surveys of local government procedures and capacities in planning, monitoring and evaluation; led fieldwork interviews with local government officials in agencies including People's Committees, People's Councils, Departments of Planning and Investment, Departments of Agriculture and Rural Development, Departments of Statistics and Mass Organisations; worked closely with team of local consultants to review survey findings after each field visit to adjust survey instruments; responsible for writing in-depth reports on planning and on monitoring and evaluation for two provinces; and delivered recommendations to the client and produced a capacity-building and technical assistance strategy for two provinces.
(World Bank, The Philippines) - Philippines Survey Country Coordinator
An international survey of establishments to collect firm-level data on business practices, the labour market, skills development and the views of business leaders of the investment climate in each country.
Responsible for overall management of the 2009 Enterprise Survey of the Philippines; received training from the World Bank in managing the survey, the methodology for the survey and the use of survey instruments; worked closely in-country with the local contractor to identify, select and train survey personnel and identify a suitable survey sample frame for the survey; led the piloting of survey instruments in Manila and produced an inception report for the World Bank following the training and piloting phase of the survey recommending changes to survey instruments relevant to the local context; developed written procedures for survey enumerators to follow to meet the data quality requirements of the World Bank; provided on-going technical advice to the local contractor on methodological issues and the correct use of survey instruments; and responsible for maintaining a close working relationship with World Bank survey staff in Washington and submitting weekly progress reports
(GTZ, Vietnam) - Survey Coordinator
A gender analysis as part of the Eco-City Da Nang technical cooperation project to analyse gender (in)equality in urban development, including surveys of the views of city residents on issues such as public transportation, the environment and public infrastructure, and surveys of gender (in)equalities in local government bodies/ associated institutes
Designed survey methodology including sample size and sample framework; coordinated closely with the client and provided technical assistance to improve survey instruments; designed survey team and survey methodology; provided oversight and technical assistance to survey implementation; provided quality control to data entry and assisted with data analysis; and responsible for writing final report, including providing recommendations to the client
(UNIDO, Vietnam) - Project Research Assistant
A medium-term strategy paper for UNIDO in Vietnam and for other members of the Trade, Enterprise and Employment Programme Coordination Group (TEE PCG) providing a review of the current projects/programmes of the TEE PCG and other donors in Vietnam, the comparative advantages of the TEE PCG in relation to current economic trends in Vietnam and the work of other donors. In light of these findings the paper provided recommendations on suitable future activity areas for the TEE PCG
Conducted research into recent economic trends and contemporary government policies related to trade, enterprise development and employment growth; and provided a review of contemporary donor policies related to trade, enterprise development and employment with conclusions for the comparative advantages of the TEE PCG
(JICA, Vietnam) - Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist
JICA SPL program provides small loans to support infrastructure projects in selected provinces, which are planned and implemented following Government of Vietnam systems. The project delivered an assessment of government capacity in Lai Chau province for the planning and M&E of infrastructure projects, at provincial and sub-provincial levels focussing on the Department for Planning and Investment.
Responsible for conducting project literature review and drafting survey instruments; worked with local consultant team to develop methodology to survey local infrastructure project contractors; led interviews with government institutions in Lai Chau province to survey procedures and capacity in planning; assisted project team leader in interviewing Japanese consultants contracted to provide TA support in the SPL Program; responsible for drafting final report.
(DfID/Like-Minded Group of Donors, Vietnam) - Research Assistant
A study into the emerging use of new forms of aid modality by donors in Vietnam (in particular forms of budget support) and an analysis of the difficulties encountered in adopting these modalities at the sub-national level.
Met with client to define survey objectives; assisted team leader to create survey instruments; conducted a literature of academic research into the use of new modalities for aid delivery and reviewed poject/program documents from donors in Vietnam; led semi-structured interviews with key respondents in Hanoi to collect primary data; responsible for drafting chapters of the final report, including analysis of the key obstacles to the use of new aid modalities at the sub-national level; and presented report findings to the client.
(ADB, Lao PDR) - Research Assistant and Survey Coordinator
A survey of the regulatory environment for small and medium-sized enterprises in Lao PDR. The survey incorporated an assessment of the costs to business of government red tape and a parallel survey of the views and operating costs of government regulators. Based on the data collected, the survey produced an estimate of the aggregate costs to the Lao economy of government red tape.
Responsible for preparing a literature review of the economy of the Lao PDR and the regulatory environment for small and medium-sized enterprises; drafted survey instruments and led piloting and review of questionnaires; developed a strong working relationship with survey sub-contractor and co-ordained fieldwork activities in-country; delivered training to survey enumerators and encoders; produced data-entry templates and oversaw quality control processes; led interviews with government agencies as part of a survey of regulators; worked closely with senior consultants in meeting data requirements for final report.
(CIDA, Vietnam) - Project assistant (planning and M&E)
An assessment of the functional capacities of key provincial organizations in delivering provincial programming, together with an assessment of how, in light of CIDA's commitment to transition to provincial budget support, CIDA can best strengthen provincial capacity to meet the programme's specific objectives and expected results in public financial management, small-scale infrastructures, SME development, and agriculture and rural livelihoods.
With the project leader, liaised closely with the client in the design of the research strategy; responsible for drafting survey instruments for an assessment of processes for planning and M&E in both provinces; lead meetings with provincial government officials responsible for planning and M&E; coordinated and managed external consultants; and responsible for chapters of the final report relating to planning and M&E and report writing on these topics.
(JBIC, Vietnam) - Economic Research Assistant
A survey of the effectiveness of aid in donor-funded transportation infrastructure construction, taking as case studies two national road construction projects.
Survey design incorporating semi-structured interviews and quantitative questionnaire survey with key informants in ADB, JBIC, Vietnamese Project Management Units and Vietnamese MPI. Responsible for analysis of quantitative and qualitative primary data; conducted detailed desk review of secondary data; drafted three chapters of final report and executive summary; and maintained a good working relationship with the client and provided updates and additional information when required.
(Danida, Vietnam) - Project Assistant/Acting Project Team Leader
A series of feasibility studies and technical assistance for five small and medium-sized industrial projects. Feasibility studies covered commercial, financial and environmental components.
Responsible for preparing survey instruments and drafting ToR for external consultants; co-ordinated fieldwork activities and led site visits to applicant companies; advised applicant companies on how to strengthen applications to mixed credit scheme; supervised the work of external consultants and provided comments on submitted work; met regularly with the client to keep them informed of the progress of completed work; and responsible for managing the content and quality of final feasibility study reports and writing report chapters covering commercial, financial and environmental aspects.
(Oxfam Qubec, Vietnam) - Economist
Responsible for supporting the team leader and statistician/economist during the project inception period, data analysis and information processing and during the preparation of the final report and dissemination. During the project inception period assisted in the design of the questionnaire and other qualitative survey instruments; developed a detailed questionnaire which covered a comprehensive range of issues related to business operation and regulation, including a survey of institutional, bureaucratic and informational constraints to business operation. Respondents were asked to rank their most pressing constraints to business operation and the policies they believed would be most effective to improve the running of their business; and met regularly with the client to review and make revisions to survey instruments. During the data analysis and information processing period assisted in qualitative and quantitative data analysis and in generating indicators for M&E system. During the preparation of the final report and dissemination assisted the Team Leader in writing the draft and final survey report; advised the client on the design of the project monitoring and evaluation framework, including use of focus group discussions for monitoring purposes.