Laura Hopkins leads Itad’s thinking on policy and advocacy evaluation. She has supported Itad to refine a flexible approach that can be applied in a wide range of advocacy settings, from global health financing in donor countries, to family planning policy implementation in the global south. Through her work, Laura has gained a deep insight into the complexity of policy change, and the roles various actors can play within this.
She is part of the team evaluating UK support to UN and Red Cross/Red Crescent agencies, which pays particular attention to the role of the innovative financing mechanism of Payment by Results.
Laura’s previous experience includes two years managing a portfolio of DFID-funded economic reform projects in Afghanistan. She has also worked as an independent consultant supporting implementation teams to design and manage monitoring, evaluation and learning systems in sectors as diverse as energy, infrastructure, and natural resource management.
Laura holds a master’s in the economics of public policy from the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics, and is skilled in a mix of both qualitative and quantitative evaluative methods.