Chris Stalker is an advocacy and campaigns strategy and evaluation specialist with over 30 years’ experience of the leadership and evaluation of high impact international NGO policy advocacy and campaigns. These include: Global Health, Education For All, Drop the Debt, Ban Landmines, the Rights of Refugees, Climate change, Economic Justice and Tax, Control Arms Trade, UN target of 0.7% of Aid budgets, and various US, UK and EU Election campaigns. In 2022 he conducted the evaluation of Habitat for Humanity’s first US campaign for affordable housing for low-income families.
Chris has conducted nearly 100 advocacy evaluations and/or capacity building programs in over 50 countries, including the refugee camps in Rwanda in 1994 and Kosovo in 1999. Formerly he was a campaigner at Oxfam and at Amnesty International, and is now an independent consultant based in New York with a focus on exploring and understanding ‘how change happens’.
He was an Academic Advisor at the Graduate School for International Training (SIT), lectured at American University, Washington, D.C, and in Transnational Advocacy and Networks at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and in Human Rights & International Campaigning at the University of Kingston, London.
This class explores the important evaluation area of policy advocacy evaluation. As development practice shifts to focus on the structural drivers of poverty around the world, and seek long-term social and institutional change, interventions increasingly involve shaping policies, programs and social norms. This class examines the theoretical and practical challenges of measuring influence on policy deliberation and implementation. It explores emerging approaches developed to provide rigor and actionable insights about what works and what doesn’t. Within the context of organizations that are promoting change, with a focus on NGOs and philanthropic funders. Topics include matching evaluation design and methods to evaluation questions, institutional dimensions that effect evaluation use, and the use of evaluation findings.