Niamh Barry

Senior Director, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning

"Nothing works for every person, in every context. But I believe it’s possible to work towards a closer understanding of whether, how, and why programs, services and products work, when we engage with the multitude of impacts—positive and negative — of a digital world. I support clients to craft evidence-based theories of change for their interventions and use a range of methodologies to explore and test the theories to assess impact. Having open conversations about the impact of digital is one of the most interesting aspects of my work."

Niamh is a Senior Director of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) at Caribou Digital and works across a range of Caribou Digital programs, including the Strive Community and previously Finance in a Digital Africa, Platform Livelihoods, Platform-Led Upskilling and a number of bespoke short-term evaluation projects. With Caribou Space, Niamh has worked with clients like the UK Space Agency and European Space Agency to design MEL systems, conduct impact evaluations and bespoke research and to support grantees in MEL activities. She has been working in the field of monitoring, evaluation and learning since 2008. Eight of these years were based in Thailand, Zambia, Sierra Leone, and Uganda while her portfolio of work has spanned countries in Africa, Asia, South America and Europe. For the past seven years she has been exploring the impact of various digital technologies on users, businesses, and, on the related social, economic and natural systems. She has developed MEL systems at both program and organisation level and has led ~50 evaluations using experimental and non-experimental methods. Prior to joining Caribou Digital, Niamh was the Global Director for Monitoring and Evaluation at Grameen Foundation. In this role, she developed and rolled out the Foundations first global measurement system across 30+ programs and mentored and advised teams in seven countries. Niamh has a BA in History, Politics and Sociology from the University of Limerick and a MSc in Global Health from Trinity College Dublin.

Email them at: niamh@cariboudigital.net

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