Curriculum Vitae

Fred Carden is an experienced development professional who has built an international reputation for his work in evaluation and knowledge to policy processes. He has wide global experience with strong experience in South and Southeast Asia as well as East and West Africa. He has published widely on evaluation methods as well as on the use of evidence in public policy.

In 2015, he formed a research and evaluation consultancy, Using Evidence Inc., that focuses on efforts to improve the use of research and evaluation evidence in decision making.
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Employment History

2015~Using Evidence Inc.
Clients include RTI International, EnCompass LLP and the MasterCard Foundation.
2013~2015RTI International
Senior Governance Research Specialist &
Lead Technical Advisor, Knowledge Sector Initiative, Indonesia
1993~2013International Development Research Centre (Canada)
2004~2013Director, Evaluation
1993~2004Program Specialist, Evaluation
1981~1993Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University
1989~1993Canadian Advisor, University Consortium on the Environment
A project of Environmental Management Development in Indonesia
1986~1989Coordinator of Non-Degree Studies
1981~1986Research Director, Moshi/York Cooperative Management Project


2008Harvard Kennedy School of Government
Fellow in Sustainability Science
1990PhD, Université de Montréal (Aménagement)
1981Master in Environmental Studies, York University
1979Bachelor in Environmental Studies, University of Waterloo

Professional Appointments

2015Review Panel for Design of ‘Examining Impact Enhancement’, a NOW WOTRO (The Netherlands) research call
2015~2017Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Evidence and Policy
2015~2017Editorial Advisory Board, American Journal of Evaluation
2014~2016External Reference Group for the DFID evaluation of the International Growth Centre
2014~2015Member of the Reference Group for the CIFOR Climate Change Mitigation Evaluation
2013~2015Editorial Committee, New Directions for Evaluation
2013~2015Selection Panel, ESRC/DFID Development Frontiers Competition
2012~2014Editorial Board Canadian Public Administration
2012Scientific Committee of the Second Global Symposium on Health Systems
2011~2015International Advisory Committee for Joint MFSII evaluation, NWO/WOTRO, Netherlands
2010~2015DFID/ESRC Joint Scheme Advisory Group
2006~2008Member of the Stakeholder Advisory Network, Canadian Foundation for Innovation
2005~2009External Expert Member of the Performance and Evaluation Committee of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada