The RMEL CoP Strategic Advisor



Nancy MacPherson is the former Managing Director for Evaluation at The Rockefeller Foundation where, for nine years, she established and managed the Foundation’s evaluation system and supported fieldbuilding grants. These included support for the establishment of the Resilience Measurement, Evidence and Learning Community of Practice (CoP), advancing impact measurement in impact investing, BetterEvaluation, and support for the African Evaluation Association (AfrEA).

Post-Rockefeller Foundation, Nancy is pursuing her passion and commitment to strengthen the evidence base for resilience and equity by supporting the ground-breaking social movement work of Slum Dwellers International (SDI) and The South to South Evaluation Initiative’s work to reverse inequalities of power, knowledge, evidence and capacity between the Global South and the Global North.

Prior to her Rockefeller Foundation work, she led development evaluation initiatives in Asia and Africa for 30 years, working with international development organizations, UN, not-for-profit organizations and social movements. She established and managed IUCN’s Program Evaluation and Performance Assessment System, and played a key role in global and regional development evaluation professional associations and networks, including the International Development Evaluation Association (IDEAS) and the African Evaluation Association (AfrEA). Nancy was a member of the teaching faculty at the World Bank’s summer International Program for Development Evaluation Training (IPDET) from 2001-2011.

She is the inaugural recipient of the 2015 American Evaluation Association’s (AEA) Enhancing the Public Good Award, presented to an individual whose evaluation work has substantially contributed to the enhancement of the public good. Nancy holds a master’s degree from Carleton University, Canada.