Sophie Alvarez
Colombia
Independent Consultant

Sophie is a social researcher in Monitoring & Evaluation, Knowledge Management and Capacity Building, and a Consultant Specialist with 13+ years of experience in the design and facilitation of Participatory Processes and Evaluations. She has worked since 2005 leading and facilitating the design and implementation of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) systems for various Research for Development (R4D) international programs and projects and in the development of specialized publications, materials, capacity building and training workshops in the topics of Impact Pathways, Theory of Change, Knowledge Management, Social Network Analysis and M&E, and co-developing the Participatory Impact Pathways Analysis (PIPA) Methodology. Before pursuing Sustainable Development Studies, she was a professional U.S. Court Interpreter.

Publications:

Alvarez, S., Douthwaite B., Thiele, G. et al. (2010) Participatory Impact Pathways Analysis: a practical method for project planning and evaluation. Development in Practice Journal, 10 (8).

Alvarez, S., Douthwaite, B., Thiele G., Mackay, R., Córdoba, D., Tehelen, K. (2010) Participatory Impact Pathways Analysis: a practical method for project planning and evaluation. Development in Practice, Vol. 20, Issue. 8. Available at: https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/cdip20/20/8

Alvarez, S., Staiger-Rivas, S., Tehelen, K., Garcia, C. X., Manners, G., Biermayr-Jenzano, P. (2010) Demand Analysis Report: Gender-Responsive Participatory Research. CIAT. Available at: http://ciat.cgiar.org/ourprograms/Climate_Capacity/prga/Documents/PRGA_Demand_Analysis_Final.pdf

De Leon, C., Douthwaite, B., and Alvarez, S. (ed.) (2009). Most Significant Change Stories from the Challenge Program on Water and Food.

Douthwaite, B., Alvarez, S, Thiele, G., and Mackay, R. (2008) Participatory Impact Pathways Analysis: A practical method for project planning and evaluation. ILAC Brief No. 17. Rome, Institutional Learning and Change (ILAC) Initiative.

Douthwaite, B., Alvarez, B.S., Cook, S., Davies, R., George, P., Howell, J., Mackay, R. and Rubiano, J. (2007) Participatory Impact Pathways Analysis: A Practical Application of Program Theory in Research-for-Development. Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation 22(2) Pages 127-159

Douthwaite, B., Alvarez, B.S., Cook, S., Davies, R., George, P., Howell, J., Mackay, R. and Rubiano, J. (2007) The Impact Pathways Approach: A Practical Application of Program Theory in Research-for-Development. The International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice

Douthwaite, B., Carvajal, A.; Alvarez, S.; Claros, E.; and Hernández, L.A. (2006) Building farmers' capacities for networking (Part I): Strengthening rural groups in Colombia through network analysis. KM4D Journal 2(2):4-18. Available online at: www.km4dev.org/journal

Ekboir, J., Douthwaite, B., Sette, C. and Alvarez, S. (2013) Dealing with complexity, adaptability and continuity in agricultural research for development organizations. ILAC Working Paper 15, Rome, Italy: Institutional Learning and Change Initiative.

Jost, C., Alvarez, S., and Schuetz, T. (2014) CCAFS Theory of Change Facilitation Guide. CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). Copenhagen, Denmark. Available online at: www.ccafs.cgiar.org.

Jost, C., Kristjanson, P., Alvarez, S., Schuetz, T., Foerch, W., Cramer, L., Thornton, P., (2014). Lessons in theory of change: experiences from CCAFS. CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). Denmark: Copenhagen. Available online at: https://ccafs.cgiar.org/publications/lessons-theory-change-experiences-ccafs#.XVF7DehKjIV

Jost, C., Kristjanson, P., Vervoort, J., Alvarez, S., Ferdous, N., Förch, W. (2014) Lessons in theory of change: monitoring, learning and evaluating Knowledge to Action. CCSL Learning Brief No. 9. Copenhagen, Denmark: CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).