The OMLC is governed by the Board of Stewards, a group of seven members from across the OMLC membership who act in a voluntary capacity as Stewards. The Community Stewards Group make decisions related to the welfare of the community in collaboration with the Community Coordinator. The Stewards are here to help you with any matters relating to the community or specific OM questions. They are very happy to answer any questions you might have but please remember that they are volunteers. You can read the terms of reference for the Stewards Group here.
The current members of the group are...
Kaia currently wears a couple of hats. She works as the M&E and Learning Resource Person at CARE Canada; mostly involved with "bringing M&E to life" and balancing accountability and learning, with several, small projects that are funded under CIDA's Partnership Branch. Kaia still take time out for freelance work though, mostly around Outcome Mapping (applications, trainings, developing materials), with a number of different organizations.
Steff started to use OM in 2004 where he was part of the team pioneering OM for the design and monitoring of an Environmental Education Programme of VVOB (St2eep) in Zimbabwe. From 2006 till 2010, he worked as Programme Advisor for Vredeseilanden's (VECO) country programme in Indonesia. During this time, he facilitated the development of an OM-based framework for VECOs value chain programmes and a learning-oriented monitoring system, i.e. the Planning, Learning and Accountability system (PLAs). Steff provided a series of in-house and public OM trainings and advised different programmes exploring the use of OM. In 2010, he co-authored and coordinated the compilation of a contextualised Indonesian Outcome Mapping manual (2010). Steff is working as an independent M&E consultant (based in Belgium). He has a keen interest in contextualising OM to fit specific programme needs and setting up a relevant, useful and pragmatic monitoring and learning practice.
Simon is a Research Fellow in the Research and Policy in Development (RAPID) programme at the Overseas Development Institute, London, who with support from IDRC are the current secretariat for the Outcome Mapping Learning Community. Simon has coordinated the OMLC since 2007, providing facilitation support, newsletter editing, webinar hosting as well as supporting the Stewards group. He has been training individuals and organisations in OM since 2008 and has advised many programmes in the use of OM, particular for strategic planning and monitoring of policy influencing.
Heidi has always been fascinated by how to strengthen transformative change and she is driven by a deep commitment to equity, grounded in a participatory community development approach. She has a long background in development communication working with rural radio stations in South-East Asia, Africa and Aboriginal communities in Canada. It was through evaluating communication for development projects that she first discovered Outcome Mapping in 2005. Heidi currently leads knowledge management, learning and evaluation initiatives for a large network of community-governed primary health care centres in Ontario. She is working to strengthen PM&E for a shared practice model of people-centred community health and wellbeing. Heidi appreciates the power of OM to strengthen developmental learning and evidence-based strategies for large-scale systems change. She conducted research in Outcome Mapping examining patterns of change in boundary actors and is interested in facilitating Outcome Mapping training and use for organizational capacity development and evaluation in the Not-For-Profit sector in Cananda.
Daniel works for Agridea, the Swiss Centre for Agricultural Extension and Rural Development, in the Team for International Cooperation. They combine thematic with process competences and always explore new ideas, new ways of doing things. Since 2005 Daniel have been offering short (and longer) trainings on OM and have been involved in building OM principles into planning and / or M&E systems and activities of many different contexts, projects, programs and organisations.
An Indian/New Zealander Jeph lives in the Indian Himalayas and uses OM extensively in independent work with innovative social and environmental projects across South Asia. He is also a research fellow in Development studies at Massey University, New Zealand. Jeph’s variegated history includes a year with Mother Teresa, a Cambridge MA, teaching in apartheid South Africa, horse riding with Mongolian nomads, life in a Brazilian favela, a MSF malaria project in Colombia, trapping crocodiles in the Amazon, senior emergency doctor in New Zealand, Cambodian slum life, expedition doctor on Everest, the first traverse of the Mekong, community health in Himalayan valleys, snow leopard conservation, living in a Delhi bustee, remote surgery…Jeph has learned that human behaviour, attitudes and relationships are the constant undercurrent beneath all social and environmental issues so he sees OM thinking continuing to inform his work on this unpredictable planet.
Richard has worked as a fish salesman serving restaurants in London, forestry field assistant in Sri Lanka, coordinator at the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, and senior manager for CABI where he led the BioNET secretariat serving a member-country science-for-development advocacy and capacity building network. He started using OM in 2010 for strategic planning and in 2011 used the Outcome Harvesting tool for evaluation. He left CABI in 2011 to begin a career as an evaluator of social change initiatives and funding programmes with a focus on adapting the Outcome Harvesting tool. Currently he combines freelance work with an Associate Director role at Proforest, an international not-for-profit where he leads on M&E.
Past stewards and others who have made considerable contribution to the community are invited to join the group of OM Advisors. The group currently includes the following people:
Mr. Ziad Moussa is the President of the International Organization of Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE), and the Co-Chair of EvalPartners. The IOCE represents the 155 national and regional Voluntary Organization for Professional Evaluation (VOPEs) around the world. It strengthens international evaluation through the exchange of evaluation methods, theories and practice, and promotes good governance and recognition of the value evaluation has in improving peoples’ lives. EvalPartners is an innovative partnership to enhance the capacities of Civil Society Organizations (CSO) to influence policy makers, public opinion and other key stakeholders so that public policies are based on evidence, and incorporate considerations of equity and effectiveness. EvalPartners brings together over 45 international development agencies, regional evaluation networks, foundations, NGOs and others. Ziad has over 20 years of experience in leading complex multi-country evaluations across the Arab world and the Global South in well over 40 countries and with almost every major donor on the circuit. His “evaluation first love” is the Middle East and North Africa Evaluators Network (EvalMENA) which he helped establish back in 2011. Ziad is also member of the Advisory Board of the Peacebuilding Evaluation Consortium (PEC) and an Advisor to the Board of Stewards of the Outcome Mapping Learning Community (OMLC)
Julius is currently the CEO of Right Track Africa, a company of professionals established as a private firm in Kenya, providing services in strategy development, facilitating innovative solutions, and program/project monitoring and evaluation (M&E). Before joining Right Track Africa in October, 2013, Julius worked for more than 10 years with the International Institute for Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) both in Nairobi, Kenya. Julius interest and passion is the value of outcome-oriented focus in organizational and project strategy, monitoring systems and evaluation. He has been a Steward of the Outcome Mapping Learning Community since its formation in 2006
Ricardo has worked as a metal factory worker and door-to-door salesman in the USA, surveyor and community development worker in Colombia, publishing executive in the Caribbean, field director for the American Friends Service Committee in Guatemala, director of the Latin American Programme of experiential Friends World College, journalist and managing director of Inforpress Centroamericana, senior manager with Greenpeace International, and foreign aid advisor with Oxfam Novib. He left Novib in 2007 and began a new career full-time as a social change consultant and especially as an evaluator. Ricardo was a Steward of the OMLC from 2008 to 2014 and was the first Chair of the Board of Stewards, serving from 2012 to 2014.
Jan is working as research manager of the international development cooperation unit at the Research Institute of Work and Society (HIVA) linked to the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium. Through various action research programmes, Jan and his colleagues are seeking to strengthen Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (PME) practice in international development programmes. Since 2005, Jan has implemented outcome mapping in various development programmes. Jan also supports other organisations in their PME practice. After having been a steward of the outcome mapping learning community (2008 to early 2012), Jan is now an advisor to the stewards.