Simon Hearn

Simon Hearn

Research Fellow

Simon specialises in Outcome Mapping, monitoring and evaluation and strategic policy influence. He has a keen interest in knowledge management, communities of practice, network analysis and the use of social media and online communications.

Simon has 10 years working in international development, first for a small research firm and since 2007 at ODI where he is currently a Research Fellow. He specialises in understanding the interface between research and policy, particularly the role that evaluation and organisational learning can play in improving programmes and systems. He is the global coordinator for the Outcome Mapping Learning Community - a global group of trainers, specialists and users of Outcome Mapping, and a founding member and community facilitator of BetterEvaluation, an international initiative to improve evaluation capacity. He is an experienced trainer and facilitator and has advised a number of international development programmes on M&E, policy influencing strategies and network management.


Recent work includes:

  • Researcher and co-author of a review of the Publish What You Pay advocacy coalition model;

  • Design and development of the online 3ie policy impact toolkit:;

  • Managing online community engagement component of the BetterEvaluation project;

  • Co-author Maximising the impact of transdisciplinary research with a novel approach: ROMA (RAPID Outcome Mapping), Claudia Michel, Simon Hearn, Gabriella Wurst, Thomas Breu. NCCR North-South Dialogue, no. 48. 2013;

  • Piloting of Outcome Mapping into the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) programme results measurement framework;

  • Review of strategic planning processes in Accountability in Tanzania (AcT) programme funded organisations;

  • Lead author: Not everything that connects in a network. ODI Background Note.

  • Facilitation of more than ten Outcome Mapping training workshops for NGOs, donor agencies and research institutes in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America.

Prior to joining ODI, he worked as a research assistant at Gamos Ltd, a consultancy specialising in information and communication for development. His work included website design, quantitative data analysis, desk research and video production. He has a BSc in Astrophysics and an MSc is Biomedical Engineering. He is a member of the European Evaluation Society and the American Evaluation Association.


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