Senior Associate, Design Monitoring and Evaluation
GETTING TO KNOW ROLA
Rola Abdullatif is a Senior Associate in Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E). In this role, she provides M&E technical support to Creative HQ and field staff across Creative’s core practice areas of Communities in Transition, Education and Economic Growth.
Beyond your job title, please explain your role at Creative.
I design and implement M&E approaches to support program teams in collecting performance data, analyzing and interpreting M&E findings, and evaluating program outcomes and impact. In this capacity, I strive to ensure that evaluation approaches are appropriate for different intervention types, and are inclusive and gender-responsive to help unpack factors that help explain differentials in programmatic impact on different segments of the population. My role is also to help strengthen M&E integration and staff M&E capacity in order to streamline M&E processes and foster a culture of learning from evaluation findings to improve new program design.
Do you have an accomplishment or programmatic result or activity that you are particularly proud of?
I am very proud to be working in a field that gives me the opportunity to interact with a diverse range of people around the world. My career in research and evaluation has provided me with fieldwork opportunities, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa, which allowed me to hear firsthand about people’s opinions, perspectives and attitudes. When I am designing a survey questionnaire, I am curious about the kinds of responses I will get. Then, when it is time for field data collection, I look forward to the chance to accompany survey interviewers and meet citizens from different backgrounds and walks of life, see the inside of their homes, sit and listen to learn more about their experiences, to understand how they think about different issues that impact their lives, and even simply to see their immediate reactions to the survey questions I developed. This is the aspect of my work that has always kept it “real” for me. It allowed me to see beyond statistics. To me every data point is a person with a story that is worth hearing and worth learning from.
Monitoring Evaluation and Learning, Applied Research, Quantitative and Qualitative Data Analysis, Public Opinion Polling, and Impact Evaluations serving democracy, human rights and governance programs, with emphasis on electoral integrity, civic and voter education, gender equality, youth civic engagement, inclusion of persons with disabilities, and public diplomacy.
Masters of Science in Political Economy of Development, School of Oriental and African Studies, London | UK Bachelor of Economics, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon
Over 14 years of research and evaluation experience; field experience in over 20 developing countries, predominantly Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and Africa
Arabic, French and English