The Impact Measurement and Knowledge Team
The Oxfam Novib Impact Measurement & Knowledge team supports the measurement and understanding of our project impacts around the world. Meet the team of experienced impact measurers!
He is an impact measurement specialist and leads the MEAL team of the Strategic Partnership programme.
She is an impact measurement specialist with expertise in sensemaking, linking the knowledge and learning priorities of the programme teams.
He is an impact measurement specialist focusing on quantitative research, and he is also a member of Oxfam Novib’s Datalab team.
She is an impact measurement specialist with expertise in qualitative monitoring & evaluation and stories of change (Most Significant Change).
She is an impact measurement specialist specialising in mixed-method approaches to impact measurement and facilitating a learning process around them.
He is an impact measurement specialist involved in impact evaluations around food security, youth employment, microfinance and water governance.
She is an impact measurement specialist focusing on quantitative (social and economic) impact measurement.
He is an impact measurement specialist with expertise in impact assessment and survey research.
He is an impact measurement specialist with expertise in qualitative impact evaluations, trying to figure out how and why change happens (or not).
He is an impact measurement specialist using quantitative methods for impact evaluation and econometric analysis of development related topics.
Nynke is the Manager of the Impact Measurement and Knowledge Team and oversees its expanding portfolio of impact evaluations and research, including innovation projects such as Datalab. Nynke also coordinates knowledge management initiatives in Oxfam Novib and participates in relevant national and international fora on these topics. Prior to joining Oxfam in The Netherlands, Nynke lived in the global South for about fifteen years and worked (mostly for UNDP) on results-based management, impact analysis, knowledge management, governance, transition and recovery and organisational change (incl. UN reform) in Albania, Peru, Ghana, Sri Lanka and Papua New Guinea. She holds two Master's degrees (Social Science and Public Administration) and a post-graduate diploma in Conflict Resolution and Peace Preparedness. Nynke has a passion for running, live music and long tables with lots of friends and family around them.
Peter works as an impact measurement and knowledge specialist and leads the monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning (MEAL) team of the Strategic Partnership programme, “Towards a Worldwide Influencing Network”. He joined Oxfam Novib in 1995 as regional programme officer for the Horn of Africa, and moved to the Research and Development unit in 2005, first as advisor for strategic planning, monitoring, evaluation, learning and reporting and later as manager of the unit. In 2011 and 2012, Peter lead innovation projects in the area of capacity development and monitoring, evaluation and learning, and started the “World Citizens Panel”. This was Oxfam Novib’s project to strengthen its approaches for measuring the impact of programmes with a focus on citizens’ voices and measuring changes in people's lives. The World Citizens Panel, now the Impact Measurement and Knowledge unit, became a formal part of Oxfam Novib’s organisational structure in 2015.
Caroline specialises in sensemaking within the Impact Measurement and Knowledge unit, linking the knowledge and learning priorities of the programme teams to make the most out of the qualitative and quantitative data available. Caroline joined Oxfam in 2012 as Institutional Funding Manager for the European Commission and started working as Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Advisor in March 2014. Prior to joining Oxfam, Caroline worked as a grants manager with the International Rescue Committee in the Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as on various assignments including fact-finding studies, assessments, evaluations, and communications in Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Zambia, Uzbekistan and Russia. She has a double Master’s degree in International Affairs with specialisations in International Public Management and Global Politics from Sciences Po in Paris and the Moscow State Institute of International Relations.
Rik is an impact measurement specialist focusing on quantitative research. His work at Oxfam Novib mainly focuses on advising on research designs, methodologies, and techniques for several impact measurement projects in Africa and Asia. Additionally, Rik is a member of Oxfam Novib’s datalab team. At datalab, Rik works on data models, data analytics, and user-testing the services that datalab develops. Previously, Rik worked as a statistical researcher at Statistics Netherlands (CBS). He holds an MSc degree in Socio-cultural sciences from Radboud University Nijmegen and a PhD in Political Science from Maastricht University.
Anne is a qualitative researcher specialising in monitoring & evaluation and stories of change (Most Significant Change). She holds a Research Master’s degree in Social Sciences (cum laude) from the University of Amsterdam. Anne previously worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Simavi. Before joining Oxfam Novib in 2014, she spent three years in Rwanda as a monitoring and evaluation expert for the Belgian NGO Broederlijk Delen.
Saskia van Veen
Saskia is an impact measurement and knowledge specialist at Oxfam Novib. She has a background in academics, where she conducted research focussing on the inclusion of persons with disabilities and global health at the Athena Institute of the Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam. In her work, she specialises in mixed-method approaches to impact measurement and facilitating a learning process around them. Her thematic focus areas include: citizen’s voices, social norms that perpetuate violence against women and girls, and youth employment. Saskia has a Master’s degree in International Public Health and a PhD related to learning- and knowledge co-creation and inclusive development for persons with disabilities. Outside of work, Saskia enjoys international cuisine and playing sports, such as running, bootcamp, ice hockey, and balancing all of this with quality family time.
Boudewijn is an impact measurement specialist focusing on quantitative research and is involved in various impact evaluations around the issues of food security, youth employment, microfinance, and water governance. He believes that a proper understanding of the situation in which people in poverty live is essential to bringing change in their lives. Boudewijn holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Utrecht University and a Master’s degree in Development Economics from Wageningen University. Before joining Oxfam Novib in 2013, Boudewijn worked as a researcher at the Indian NGO, APMAS, where he conducted a quantitative and qualitative study on self-help groups in Andhra Pradesh. When he’s not working, Boudewijn exercises his analytical skills through chess playing.
Karen van Zaal
Karen is an impact measurement specialist focusing on quantitative (social and economic) impact measurement. At Oxfam Novib, Karen works on diverse projects, such as the WEMAN programme in Rwanda, DR Congo and Burundi, and the More Than Brides Alliance programme in Pakistan. Prior to joining Oxfam Novib in 2015, Karen worked as a researcher at the department of Development Economics of Wageningen University and Research Centre, as well as a project coordinator of monitoring and evaluation at BRAC Sierra Leone, where she conducted an impact assessment of the microfinance services of BRAC Sierra Leone. Karen holds a Master’s degree in Development Economics from Wageningen University. She enjoys exploring the world and creating new memories, while staying grounded with humor, meditation and yoga.
Patrick Guyer joined Oxfam Novib as an impact measurement specialist in 2017. Prior to this, he spent six years with Measure of America, a project of the Social Science Research Council in New York, where he served as Chief Statistician. As principal at Chiffrephile Consulting in Amsterdam from 2015 to 2017, he assisted non-profit organisations and private companies with impact assessment and survey research. Patrick has also worked as a consultant to UNICEF and UNDESA and lectured at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. He is an author or co-author of eleven journal articles, book chapters, and working papers on human rights, development, and measuring well-being. Patrick holds an MA in International Affairs from The New School University in New York, is a proud father of two girls, and is an avid rower.
Ruben de Winne
Ruben is an impact measurement specialist with expertise in qualitative impact evaluations, trying to figure out how and why change happens (or not). His thematic experience includes: gender justice, fair taxation, youth employment, outreach to marginalised groups, and humanitarian responses. Ruben holds a Master’s degree in Law (cum laude) from Ghent University. Prior to joining Oxfam Novib, Ruben conducted research on access to justice in Rwanda for the Rwandan NGO The Legal Aid Forum, and also worked for Belgian NGO RCN Justice & Démocratie as the Deputy Country Director. Next to work, Ruben enjoys playing squash and spending time in the great outdoors on his racing bike, or with his family and dog at the park or beach.
Francisco Bolaños is an impact measurement specialist focusing on quantitative research. His work entails the application of quasi-experimental methods of impact evaluation and econometric analysis in development related topics. He also has experience in quantitative research on social protection, youth unemployment, public finance of local governments and international trade in El Salvador. In El Salvador, he has lectured courses on microeconomics and social security at undergraduate level. He holds a Master's degree in Development Studies with specialisation in Econometric Analysis of Development Policies from the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam. During his free time, he enjoys playing football, going to the gym and connecting with the nature. He is passionate also about cooking and trying new recipes.
Valerie Janssen is a (junior) impact measurement specialist focusing on quantitative research. She specialises in social and economic impact measurement, with a specific focus on youth unemployment. She started working at Oxfam Novib as an intern in August 2017. Prior to joining Oxfam Novib, she worked as an intern at Wageningen Economic Research, where she wrote her MSc thesis on the effects of agricultural commercialisation on household food security in post-reform Vietnam. Before her MSc in Development Economics at Wageningen University, she studied Cultural Anthropology and Development Studies in Nijmegen, where she also conducted qualitative research on multiple development topics. She spends many of her evenings playing a large variety of board games and can regularly be found at chess tournaments.