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Sandy Picken

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Impact and evidence adviser

Sandy develops and leads a portfolio of studies to capture learning and assess impact in Christian Aid’s programme and policy work, and to embed a culture of high-quality research, evidence, research uptake and learning across its programme and policy work, in order to maximise our impact for poor and marginalised women and men.

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Sandy is a Research and Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) professional with 12 years of experience in the international development sector. She has an MSc in International Social Development Practice and Planning and an IPA in social research methods.

She's worked in INGOs for seven years, including as a research lead on a two-year action research project in Mozambique and as a Global Evidence and Evaluation Adviser. She's worked to strengthen the way organisations generate and maximise the use of different types of evidence and has been responsible for promoting learning and evaluation quality agendas.

Most recently Sandy worked as a Senior MEL consultant. Some of her recent work has included, designing and delivering cross government training on outcome measurement (and wider MEL basics) and she led a team on mid-term and final evaluation work to assess research uptake on a range of Department for International Development sustainable energy access and gender topics. She has a keen interest in the co-creation of research and evidence agendas and in participatory approaches to research, monitoring, evaluation and learning.


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