Making policies work

Eunike Spierings

  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Internal reporting systems
  • Capacity development
  • EU aid effectiveness
  • Policy coherence for development


Eunike Spierings, a Dutch national, joined the European Centre for Development Policy Management in 2008 and has more than ten years experience in monitoring and evaluation methodology and learning. She is a policy officer in the Learning and Quality Support unit and is responsible for the Centre’s strategic planning, monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning cycle.

In the context of the current strategy she designed the Centre’s results framework and implemented the tailor-made theory of change approach for strategic planning, monitoring and learning. Eunike accompanied two institutional evaluations of ECDPM carried out by external evaluation teams. In preparation for these evaluations, she coordinated the quinquennial mid-term and end-term internal assessment reviews.

She was the quality advisor for the evaluation of the African Peace Facility, and has been a team member of the evaluations on EU support to research and innovation for development, on the Think Tank Initiative, on the EU budget’s external action instruments, and on the Dutch coherence unit of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She has provided internal and external support on designing theories of change and results frameworks and monitoring and evaluation methodologies. Her evaluation expertise focuses on the evaluation methodology and the systematic approach towards evaluation intervention logics and theories of change.

At ECDPM, Eunike has gained broad experience in applied research and methodological work. She wrote a methodological guidance for a more harmonised measurement of private sector development indicators, and participated in studies on reporting on development, on ODA and financing for development, and on methodologies to monitor theories of change and capacity development. Other work included a preliminary assessment and subsequent feasibility study for the evaluation of the European Consensus on Development.

On policy coherence for development, she contributed to several studies and workshops, including on European efforts to promote policy coherence for development, on measuring policy coherence for sustainable development and on the link with political economy analysis.

Furthermore, she has been closely involved in work related to capacity development, including as co-author of the ECDPM capacity development reference document, contributing to the methodological design of the joint impact study, and as a member of the technical and methodological Reference Group for the evaluation of Dutch support to capacity development.

Eunike has a background in development studies. Before joining ECDPM, she worked on monitoring and evaluation at the Dutch NGO ICCO and at Partos, the Dutch umbrella organisation for international development.

External publications and contributions

    Eunike Spierings

    Policy Officer Learning and Quality Support




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