Fred Carden


Fred is an evaluation specialist with over 25 years’ experience in evaluating development research and programming, and the development of evaluation methodologies, among others, Knowledge to Policy and Outcome Mapping. He has written numerous articles and eight books translated into a dozen languages.

From 1989-1993, Fred led the University Consortium n the Environment, a collaboration between Institut Teknologi Bandung, Universitas Indonesia, Universitas Gadjah Mada, University of Waterloo and York University. From 1993-2013 he supported development research evaluation globally at the International Development Research Centre, the last ten years as Director. After retiring from IDRC he worked in Indonesia on the Knowledge Sector Initiative (KSI). KSI promotes the use of evidence in decision making through support to think tanks and government, as well as support to address funding, legislative and regulatory barriers to the use of evidence. In 2015, Fred established Using Evidence Inc., a consultancy that focuses on efforts to improve the use of research and evaluative evidence in decision making with a range of clients. He works with a range of research organizations and foundations on evaluation and research use. He works with a range of agencies and foundations in Africa, Asia and to a lesser extent, Latin America.

Fred is fluent in English and French and holds a PhD from the University of Montreal and a Fellowship in Sustainability Science at the Harvard Kennedy School (2008). 

Capacity Development
Civil Society and Institutional Strengthening
Donor Coordination
Human Resource Development
Natural Resources Management
Organizational Development
Participatory Approaches
Science and Technology
Strategic Planning
Technical Advice
Membership in Professional Societies: 
American Evaluation Association, European Evaluation Society, Canadian Evaluation Society