Órla is an independent consultant, trainer and facilitator, working in the area of monitoring, evaluation, research and learning, as well as capacity development and strategic planning. She started her career in academia, and moved to the civil society sector in 2003, after a brief stint in the corporate sector. Since then, she has worked with charities and NGOs and with donor organisations to develop useful and proportionate monitoring and evaluation frameworks within and across organisations.
Órla brings her expertise in social science research, and in facilitation, to support organisations in evaluating their progress and learning from their own experience. She applies her expertise in facilitation and in training facilitators to support organisations to be self-sufficient in implementing their own ‘monitoring, evaluation and learning’ (MEL) cycles. She also provides support in organisational development, in particular, strategic planning and organisational reviews. In addition to conducting evaluations, and facilitating organisations to conduct their own investigations, she also provides training in different aspects of the evaluation process.
Órla has a PhD in Psychology (Southampton University), a BSc in Psychology (University College London) and a Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance (University of Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine). She is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.