Evaluation on the Edge, the EES podcast

Evaluation on the Edge, the EES podcast

EES Evaluation on the Edge is the EES podcast that provides insights into the implications of new and emerging technologies in evaluation. It discusses the most sophisticated topics and  technologies such as big data, machine learning, open data, geospatial analysis, and evaluation of Fintech that show great potential in contributing to the work that evaluators perform as well as debates on challenges and opportunities in their application to evaluation and strengthening critical evidence-based decision-making. It will also look into a wider application of the traditional methods to evaluate innovations as well as introduces novel methods having potential to be applied in evaluation field.

Contact details: ees_podcast@europeanevaluation.org



EES Podcast Team

Tom Ling is the EES Vice President. He has over 25 years of experience in designing, managing and delivering evaluations. He is a senior research leader at RAND Europe where he is head of evaluation. He leads evaluations and applied research focused on the key challenges facing organisations in health, well-being, and international development.

May Pettigrew is an independent evaluation specialist and a co-opted EES Board Member. She has over 25 years of experience in the planning, design, commissioning, conduct, management and reporting of policy, programme, strategy, ex-post and ex-ante evaluations, across a wide range of education, information technology and social initiatives. 

Dr Valentine Joseph Gandhi Bavani Rajan, is a senior Evaluation, Innovation and Tech4Good specialist, with over 18 years of interdisciplinary experience at both field and policy level. He is the founder of the think tank The Development CAFÉ , and Co Founder of the NIRAS Data Futures Hub and regularly speaks on the topic of innovations in evaluation including a TEDx talk on creating Sustainable Impact.  He is currently the Chief of Party for USAID/Indonesia's Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Support program for Social Impact.

Alena Lappo iis an EES Board Member and an independent evaluation consultant with background in both economics and business. In the past five years, she has been conducting and managing evaluations and strategic reviews of food and nutrition security projects and programmes with FAO and IFAD.

Mariana Branco is an Economist and Evaluator at The World Bank Independent Evaluation Group (IEG). Besides conducting evaluation, Mariana is supporting The CLEAR Initiative, IPDET, and a new Global partnership evaluation capacity development. Mariana has been a member of several M&E associations, including EES and EvalYouth. Before IEG, she had her own consultancy focused on value for money and impact analysis and was a volunteer on poverty alleviation and refugee issues.


Sophie Lehouelleur is a policy and data analyst with extensive experience working on education, children and youth policies. Her background is in both economics and sociology and she has been trained in statistics, specialising in causal inference and longitudinal data analysis. She is currently working in the Ministry of Education in France.