The community has a core group of independent members that 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 Facilitator. 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.
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). He is currently the Coordinator PLA at VECOs head office in Belgium. Steff 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 Officer 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 for the past 5 years, providing facilitation support, newsletter editing, webinar hosting as well as coordinating the Stewards group. He has been training individuals and organisations in OM for five years and has advised many programmes in the use of OM, particular for strategic planning and monitoring of policy influencing. He is also in the core team of the BetterEvaluation initiative, a platform for improving evaluation practice and theory through sharing of information on methods.
Ziad is the Officer in Charge of Capacity Development and Outreach at the Environment and Sustainable Development Unit of the American University of Beirut (AUB-ESDU). He is also a founding partner of Development Management International (DMI sarl). Ziad coordinates at AUB-ESDU a project on the contextualization and Arabization of OM for the Middle East and North Africa Region (MENA) which is evolving into a larger project aiming at Mainstreaming Evaluation Theory and Practice in MENA using OM as an entry point. He is also the coordinator of the MENA program of the RUAF network. At DMI, Ziad works on large scale local development projects, advising mainly on project management and M&E aspects. His most cherished “baby” is MED-PACT (Local Authorities Partnership in the Mediterranean) taking place in 14 Euro-Med countries and for which he leads the Technical Assistance Team.
Julius Nyangaga is the Regional Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Manager for the International Instiute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) in Nairobi. Before coming to IIRR Julius was a Capacity Development Officer and before that a Research Associate with the Innovation Works (IW) initiative at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). Julius’ main role has been to work with partnering stakeholders in linking knowledge with action through various aspects of project planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. His particular roles and contribution has been training various R & D teams and clients in Outcome Mapping, and integrating its qualitative approach to the broader M & E system.
Heidi has a 20 year background in participatory community-driven development and radio with national organizations in South and South-East Asia; Non-governmental farmer networks in West and East Africa; and Aboriginal community radio stations in rural areas of Canada. It was through evaluating communication for development campaigns in health that she discovered Outcome Mapping in 2005, and has never looked back. Heidi continues to be inspired by the powerful learning-orientation of OM and its profound contribution to change in complex adaptive environments. Heidi manages capacity development for a large network of community-governed primary health care centres in Canada. She conducted research in Outcome Mapping examining the effectiveness of indicators for measuring behaviour change. Heidi is currently focused on indicator development for a holistic model of health care and an evaluation system to capture the impact of community capacity building initiatives grounded in the social determinants of health.
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 elected as the Chair of the Stewards group from February 2012.
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:
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.
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.