Stefano is Monitoring Evaluation Accountability and Learning Manager at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). Stefano has worked internationally with civil society organisations, funders, and think tanks in developing monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) systems that enable organisations to evidence their impact more robustly and confidently. He began at Search for Common Ground Nepal, a peacebuilding organisation, setting up a monitoring and evaluation system for the country programme. As a consultant he led evaluation of projects funded by the World Bank and the Foreign Commonwealth Office. During his time at Comic Relief he has managed impact studies, evaluations and literature reviews of the following Comic Relief funding programmes: Education, Women and Girls, People living in Urban Slums, People Affected by Conflict, and People Affected by HIV. In 2013 he co-wrote the new Comic Relief’s MEL strategy together with his colleague Joanna Monaghan, which focuses on the usage of information, and the importance of improving the MEL organisational capacity of civil society organisations. He joined the International Institute for Environment and Development in March 2015.
Stefano has been very active in seeking donor collaboration to improve MEL practices and capacities of NGOs. He is one of the founder of Cross Donors MEL Working Group, which is made of professionals working for Bond, Big Lottery Fund, Comic Relief and DFID. The group has produced some strategic pieces of work such as the study ‘Investing in Monitoring Evaluation and Learning: Issues for NGOs to Consider’ (2013), and ‘Impact Evaluation: a Guide for Commissioners’ (2015).