Stranger in a Strange Land

Much like the 1961 science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land, working as a quantitative data analyst for the Global Management and Information Strategy Team (OneMIS) – having spent the bulk of my academic and professional career as a qualitative researcher – sometimes feels analogous to the experience of the novel’s…

Fundraising for NGOs 101: Types of funding for an NGO

As you might know, Oxfam Novib is a non-governmental organization (NGO). NGOs are non-profit, citizen based groups that function independently of the government, organized on local, national and international levels to serve specific social or political purposes. They rely on money from a variety of sources, including individual donors, foundations, corporations and governments. Currently, I…

From listening to measuring. Implicit research methods in impact measurement?

Last week I racked my brain over two related questions: how to influence people? And, how to measure the influence you have? During an expert meeting on ‘measuring influencing’, organized by Oxfam Novib, I attended the very interesting workshop of the most unusual suspect among the presenters: neuromarketer Jelle Demanet from market research agency iMPULSE.…