Project History

This project history demonstrates some of the most inspiring projects that I have either led or conducted, separated into broad categories.

To give you some ideas of how I could help you, I have shared outlines of deliverables and outcomes alongside examples of specific projects.

Each project is tailored to my client’s needs and realities, however. These examples are purely indicative of the topical range of my work, and my experience. Please email me for a PDF version of my CV or this Project History. 

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A career highlight!

I represented Open Society Foundations at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's Annual Conference. I was part of a delegation of European lawyers, advocates, Members of European and national parliaments, and activists.

I was invited by both the CBC and the US Department of State to speak about the two continent's shared histories and our common experiences in the Black rights movements.

I had the honour to speak about the opportunities to work together, addressing discriminatory laws and practices, and finding ways to share knowledge to build stronger networks.

Research

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Mapping Fields/Landscape Reviews

To help find new partners and grantees in the People of African Descent (PAD) movement in Europe. This helped introduce new work developing youth leadership among PAD in Germany (2016).

Assessing Core Issues of Relevance in Target Countries/Regions

Protecting the civic rights of whistleblowers, improving their perception by the public, and fostering a closer relationship with mainstream media in Western Europe (2017).

 

Strategic Outcome Mapping

As part of a team, I coded and analysed key data from 56 country reports for the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) to identify key successes and lessons learned. This report was written for the 50th anniversary of the organisation and informed future planning (2019).

 

The Key to Change: Women’s Rights Organisations and the SDGs

I managed a project to map global women’s rights organisations and their long-term achievements alongside the Sustainable Development Goals. We aim to provide an evidence base of their key achievements to help them secure long-term funding and support from the donor community. Our project website builds this map, sharing best practices and key outcomes (2019 to 2020).

Capacity Building

Assist Grantees in Proposal and Report-writing

To meet theories of change and strategies; this was particularly useful for smaller, grassroots-led organisations such as Roma-led advocacy groups in the Czech Republic (2014).

One-on-One Capacity-Building Workshops

After a needs assessment conducted in partnership with the grantee, a one-hour workshop was conducted on financial management and reserves planning for a French environmental organisation (2017).

Organisational Development Support/Core Support

Identifying longer-term areas of support alongside grantees, particularly related to core organisation-level targets such as part-time media officers for a pro bono legal network (2018).

Developing EU-level and National-level Advocacy Capacities

Through annual three-day workshops for over 50 participants from across Central and Eastern Europe. In-house expertise was always complemented by specific consultants and trainers (2014-2016).

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Planning

Strategy Design, Preparation, and Milestone Setting

According to a four-year cycle, reviewed annually. Strategies were separated into milestones for grantees, partners, and donors at semi- and annual check-points (2014-2018).

Plan Activities towards Strategic Targets

Annual whistleblowing summits in Spain, to strengthen relationships between disparate actors. Also included specific types of organizational support (2017-2018).

Budgetary Planning

Scheduling the project cycle around key planning targets, to ensure logistical and administrative support (2014-2018).

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Monitoring

Quantitative Data Tracking, Analysis, and Processing

Access to housing for Roma minorities in rural Bulgaria (2014).

Qualitative Data Tracking, Analysis, and Processing

Tracking new EU-level legislation around lobbying registries to ensure compliance with human rights principles (2017).

 

Participatory Data Tracking, Analysis, and Processing

Inclusion of PAD advocates during expert-level meetings at EU-level in decision-making processes (2016).

Milestone Setting, Baseline Assessments, Targets, and Progress Markers

Conducted alongside clients, to build capacities in line with their theories of change. For example, for a Brussels-based advocacy network focussing on the right to information (2018).

Site Visits and Grantee/Partner Monitoring

Measured benchmarks against advocacy targets during field trips, such as implementing Integrity Pact principles in Messina. Monitoring was done alongside network members, within the socio-political context of the projects, and alongside organisational assessments of grantees (2018).

Reporting Templates, Standards, and Procedures

Worked with a large network of women’s rights organisations to streamline their reporting processes and templates. This included consultations with each country office (over 40) to map needs.  

This led to improved reporting templates, supplementary reporting mechanisms, and streamlining the reporting process. Included a storytelling and mixed methods workshop to capture dynamic outcomes (2019 and 2020).

Evaluation

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Internal Assessments: Proposals, Concept Notes, and Reports

Done cyclically, of roughly 100 submissions annually, within parameters of calls for proposals or concept notes, or terms of reference for reports such as annual reports measuring advocacy projects in Western Balkans countering discrimination (2015).

Organisational Assessments of Grantees

Assessing a Spanish organisation working on access to medicines – evaluating their governance, leadership, finances, reputation for effectiveness, presence in the public sphere and their operating environments (2017).

Landscaping, Fieldwork, and Site Visits

Organisations working to empower PAD in Europe and the US, to facilitate stronger transatlantic partnerships and furthering field goals. Assessments of the organisation and field were done; and progress was measured against theories of change (2016).

Grant Assessment Forms

Evaluating grants from the donor perspective, aligning it with strategies and against benchmarks. Over 60 assessments were conducted in four years, on furthering Roma education inclusion policies (2015).

Portfolio Reviews of Grants

Evaluating grants against theories of change, strategies, and benchmarks. Done annually, to align activities with contributions to impact (2017).  

Data Audit, Reviews, and Assessment

Collaborating with the UN Foundation to develop a new codebook and hierarchy by which data is collected, cleaned, validated, and analysed. This was then applied to a variety of qualitative, quantitative and story-based data to draw common lessons learned, key successes and weaknesses, to help inform future learning. This project will also help guide future strategy design and revisions, and improve external field-building work (2020).

Learning

Portfolio, Annual Reviews, and Lessons Learned

Gathering important lessons learned both from the grantee and the donor perspective, to feed into the strategy and planning cycle. Annual reviews were done for work on Roma inclusion, for example (2014 to 2016).

Workshops to Gather Results using Storytelling

Conducted on a six-monthly basis for support to the PAD field in Europe, including evaluations of data, organisations, and partnerships (2016).

 

Peer Learning

Internal groups using the peer learning methodology among the donor community, on grants supporting policy inclusion of Roma in Central and Eastern Europe (2014 to 2016).

Grantee Reporting and Field Visits

Monitoring and evaluating grantee progress against targets, to feed into learning cycles to strengthen field support and build capacities of transparency networks (2017).

Developing a Learning and Assessment Framework

Worked with a large private foundation to develop a learning and agenda framework, to assess their strategic achievements and key outcomes. This includes the design of feedback mechanisms and regular systems to ask reflective questions on a cyclical basis (2019 to 2020).

Assessment of UN Women’s SWAP Framework

In a team, I researched and evaluated data from UN Women’s SWAP Framework, measuring progress across their countries towards key internal issues and challenges. SWAP 2.0 data was compared with SWAP 1.0, with an assessment report feeding into internal programming and budget allocations. The resulting report compared the changes between the two frameworks, as well as changes in outcomes within the dataset, and included lessons learned and key recommendations for the future (2020).

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