Elizabeth Robin


Elizabeth Robin retired as Head of Evaluation Capacity and Quality Group in the Department for International Development (DFID) in September 2013. The Group has a remit to set the standards for evaluation in DFID; provide support processes, guidance and training for staff to achieve those standards; and quality assure evaluation products. The Group also works to develop evaluation capacity in partner countries and Elizabeth was a member of the Board of the CLEAR Initiative, a multi-donor trust fund for developing regional centres of excellence in evaluation and results. She was involved in refreshing DFID’s Evaluation Policy to reflect the embedding evaluation agenda in the Department following the establishment of the Independent Commission for Aid Impact in May 2011.

Elizabeth was also Head of Profession (HoP) for Evaluation in DFID. As HoP, she managed the professional development of around 140 DFID staff who are accredited as evaluation specialists and also organised the annual accreditation process based on DFID’s evaluation technical competency framework.

Elizabeth was a senior statistics adviser and had been with DFID (and its predecessor) for over 20 years. She has experience of collating and reporting information on DFID’s activities for a variety of audiences in the UK and internationally. She actively promoted the need for robust evidence as a basis for decision-making and her role in DFID allowed her to develop the capacity of both DFID and partner staff to do more and better evaluation work in the field of international development.