Stuart Thomas

Principal Consultant

I am a research and evaluation consultant specialising in livelihoods and forced migration. My work is shaped by a drive for programme and organisational development. I see appropriately communicating learnings and facilitating dialogue to help with decision making as a key part of this work. With over 10 years’ experience in the development sector, I have experience engaging and working with a broad range of stakeholder groups, including multilaterals, and not for profit organisations and networks. I have worked in the Middle East, Africa, but predominate focus on South Asia.

At IOD PARC I have led and participated in teams carrying out organisation and multi-country programme evaluations. I am familiar with drawing on and using evaluation standards, ethical guidelines and a range of methodologies to guide my work and support the production of credible evidence, structured around both theory-based and experimental evaluation design. My approach is user-centred and collaborative, aiming to build capacity and empower beneficiaries and users. I have complemented my MA degree in Development Studies from the University of Leeds with further training in innovative research and analysis methods. This includes courses such as Beyond surveys and experiments – Other approaches to Impact Evaluation (2015) and Participatory Video Facilitation (2015).