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Rachel Eager

Rachel Eager is the Head of Knowledge Management at Itad, joining the company in 2016.

Rachel leads Itad’s Knowledge Hub, co-ordinating internal knowledge curation and synthesis across all thematic areas and supporting the company to engage and share our learning and knowledge with the wider sector. As the Deputy Director of the Centre for Development Impact (CDI), Rachel works on our innovative, cross-disciplinary partnership with the Institute of Development Studies and University of East Anglia. Rachel provides technical and methodological advice to support the delivery of Itad’s consultancy assignments. Rachel is currently working on the evaluation of the Department of Health’s Fleming Fund, a £265 million one health programme.

Prior to joining Itad, Rachel was the Deputy Head of Impact, Innovation and Evidence, at Save the Children UK, providing research, monitoring and evaluation technical support and capacity building. During this time, Rachel had a strong focus research, monitoring and evaluation systems, including pioneering the development of the Save the Children research and evaluation ethical review committee; leading the programmatic Value for Money strategy and co-ordinating the cross-movement organisational Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning framework.

Rachel is a proficient mixed methods researcher with experience in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. She has a particular interest innovative approaches to impact evaluation, drawing on multi-disciplinary approaches and cross-sector learning.

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Languages: English (fluent spoken and written); French (basic spoken and written)
Country Experience:

Egypt, Ethiopia, Guatemala, India, Jordan, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Somaliland, South Sudan, Tajikistan

Qualifications:

2009
Certificate in International Perspectives in Participatory Research Methods
PRIA & University of Victoria
2008
PhD
The University of Edinburgh
2002
MSc Applied Animal Behaviour & Welfare
The University of Edinburgh
2001
BSc Zoology
The University of Leicester

Employment:

2017 - ongoing
Head of Knowledge Management
Itad Ltd.

2016 - 2017
Senior Consultant
Itad Ltd.

2014 - 2016
Deputy Head of Impact, Innovation, and Evidence
Save the Children UK

2012 - 2014
Senior Advisor, Impact and Evidence
Save the Children UK

2007 - 2012
Programme Advisor - Research
The Brooke

2002 - 2003
BVA-funded Research Assistant
R(D)SVS

Training:

2015
J-PAL Executive Education - Evaluating Social Impact
2015
Complex Adaptive Systems for Development, Ben Ramalingam
2013
Most Significant Change Technique for Evaluation, Social Impact Consulting
2013
Child Participation, HREA
2012
Senior Management Development Training, Save the Children
2012
Value for Money, New Economics Foundation
2011
Qualitative Research, The University of Bristol
2011
Planning an effective research communication strategy, EADI
2009
Regression, nonlinear and generalised linear models in Genstat - VSN International
2008
Participatory Rural Appraisal Techniques, PRAXIS
2009
REML and multi-level models in Genstat, VSN INternational

Publications:

  • The role of women’s groups in health promotion in Tajikistan (2015)
    Swiss TPH Spring Symposium, Community Participation in Public Health: What’s the Added Value in Research and Implementation.
    Eager, R.A. & Karimova, G.

  • Value for money. Untangling the tangled web. (2013)
    U.K. Evaluation Society Annual Conference
    Ling, T. & Eager, R.A.

  • Using participatory approaches in applied animal welfare research: examples for working equine welfare. (2010)
    44th Congress of the International Society for Applied Ethology
    Eager, R.A. & Childs, A.C.

  • Validating the use of photographic and video material for monitoring and evaluation, observer standardization and training in equine welfare programmes. (2010)
    The 6th International Colloquium on Working Equines
    Eager, R.A., Madany, M.M., Rostom, A. & Childs, A.C.

  • Minimising prevalence and severity of lip lesions in working donkeys of Rustam community through awareness raising: a pilot project based on lip lesion risk assessment findings. (2010)
    The 6th International Colloquium on Working Equines
    Shah, S.Z.A., Eager, R.A., Nawaz, S., Khan, M. & Khan, G.

  • Controlled field trial of a behavioural pain assessment tool in donkeys (2010)
    The 6th International Colloquium on Working Equines
    Roy, R.C., Eager, R. A., Regan, F. & Langford, F.

  • Risk factors for wither lesions in tourist-riding mules of Gaurikund, Uttarakhand, India (2010)
    The 6th International Colloquium on Working Equines
    Zaman, S.F., Aravindan, M., Thanammal, S.R., Roy, C., Childs, A.C. & Eager, R.A.

  • Risk assessment in working equine welfare. (2008)
    Society for Risk Assessment
    Eager, R.A., Rostom, A., Madany, M.M., & Childs, A.C.

  • Role of participatory approaches in developing risk assessments in equine welfare. (2008)
    Society for Risk Assessment,
    Rostom, A., Madany, M.M., Childs, A.C., & Eager, R.A.

  • Risk factor analysis – body lesions of cart-pulling equines in Sherbin, Egypt. (2008)
    Society for Risk Assessment
    Madany M.M., Rostom A., Childs A.C., & Eager R.A.