Alastair joined INTRAC in November 2020 as Research and Programme Coordinator. He holds an MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge and a joint honours in Spanish and International Relations from Aberdeen University. His thesis (2015) was an impact assessment of a 2013 Progressio-ICS programme he had volunteered on in El Salvador. This piece of work was Alastair’s first foray into the world of M&E in international development and introduced him to data gathering techniques, ethical and practical debates on MEAL, and concepts like theories of change and log frames.
Following his grassroots introduction to M&E Alastair then experienced the other end of the spectrum via a six month internship at the World Health Organisation. At the WHO headquarters in Geneva Alastair worked in the WHO Evaluation Office, contributing on internal evaluations and coordinating a large external evaluation of the WHO’s strategy and efficiency conducted by the Multilateral Organisation Performance Assessment Network (MOPAN).
Before joining INTRAC, Alastair coordinated the Community Apprentice programme for the UK charity Envision. This programme supports youth from some of London’s most disadvantaged areas to develop confidence and employability skills through a social action programme that also develops community values and agency.
Alastair has provided project coordination and data analysis on a number of programmes in his time so far with INTRAC, including The Development Alternative and several reviews for the Independent Commission for Aid Impact. He has led on the development of a M&E framework for Marta Centrs, and helped develop INTRAC’s recently updated Theory of Change. In his capacity as researcher, he undertakes in-house research on INTRAC’s strategic themes and outreach ideas, and provides support to the consultancy team applying a range of qualitative and quantitative research methods.
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