I am an evaluation practitioner and health system expert with 20 years’ consulting experience. I have a strong interest in health system research and development, with a particular focus on equity and inclusion. I specialise in complex evaluations, including health programme/system-related evaluations and I take great interest in embedding performance management into programmes, teams and organisations, including competency development at individual and institutional levels. My experience spans over 20 countries across sub-Saharan Africa, the Pacific, Southeast Asia and Europe working with diverse clients including the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) , DFID, Irish Aid, UNICEF, WFP and WTO, as well as International NGOs such as ActionAid, Plan International and Oxfam.
Drawing on an academic background in quantitative and qualitative social science research, my consultancy work involves the design, management and implementation of evaluations, including strategic evaluations, summative and formative evaluations, developmental evaluations, process evaluations, evaluability assessments and meta-evaluations.
I work collaboratively with clients to understand and deliver on their expectations. All my work is informed by a fundamental understanding of development effectiveness and context, and implemented with a strong sense of cultural awareness. Robust conceptual and systematic thinking enables me to translate complex issues into mentally and visually manageable information.
I have a Masters in Sociology, specialising in Health and Health Systems, from the University of the Free State. I held research and post-graduate teaching positions at the same institution and co-founded the Centre for Health Systems Research & Development in 1993.
I have several publications, including the first authoritative text on the history and evolution of the South African Health System, as well as several papers examining the South African health system and mechanisms for organisational learning. I was also responsible for the implementation of various large-scale health system research projects aimed at facilitating the transformation of the South African health care system following the country’s transition to democracy.Working as Health and Education Adviser for Irish Aid in South Africa from 2005 to 2008 gave me first-hand donor experience in international development.