Sandy Picken

Senior Consultant, Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning

Eight years of Research, Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (RMEL) experience in international development, designing, managing and conducting MEL systems, training and activities. Emphasis on inclusion, participatory and community-led approaches.

Sandy has eight years’ experience working in international development Research, Evaluation, Monitoring and Learning. She has substantial global experience most notably in Sub-Saharan Africa, including three years based in Mozambique.

She is highly proficient in designing and operationalising, RMEL systems and conducting evaluations for continual improvement and effectiveness of international development programmes and the stakeholders they serve.

Her expertise include, governance, accountability and citizen monitoring, inclusion and social development, participatory and community led approaches to Research, Evaluation, Monitoring and Learning.  She has also held responsibility for organisational MEL strengthening, including technical support and capacity building with staff and partners.

Sandy has strong tool development experience and robust practical data collection abilities in qualitative, participatory and quantitative methods. She has effective facilitation skills and comprehensive experience in capacity building for data collection on the ground.

In the area of learning, she has coordinated multi-country learning strategies and organisational strategic thinking on thematic learning. Sandy has led evaluation quality tracking processes and weighed this against organisational investment in evaluative work to motivate quality improvement.

She holds an MSc in Social Development Policy and Practice from University College London and an IPA in Research Methods from SOAS.

Sandy has worked on DfiD, Irish Aid, European Commission, Non-governmental organisation and Academic funded programmes both as an independent consultant and as part of international development organisations.


  • MSc in Social Development Policy and Practice, University College London
  • IPA in Research Methods, SOAS