Theory of Change Advisory Board

Heléne Clark, Ph.D., Founder and Director An urban geographer and environmental psychologist, Heléne Clark works with organizations engaged in social change to build their capacity to develop clear goals, gather knowledge about results, and expand the impact of critical social interventions. Dr. Clark and a colleague founded ActKnowledge to provide rigorous research, planning and organizational development skills to the social sector. Heléne has been the lead evaluator on numerous initiatives and served as advisor to many other evaluations around the U.S. and in the United Kingdom. Dr. Clark incorporated the “Theory of Change” methodology into ActKnowledge’s work, and has led ActKnowledge to be the pre-eminent developer, facilitator and trainer of this method. Her international work includes the development of not-for-profit organizations in Moscow, various projects in the U.K., and work with numerous international non-government organizations in the developing world. Heléne has served on the Board of Directors of Housing Conservation Coordinators in New York City for eight years. Prior to founding ActKnowledge, Dr. Clark was Associate Director of the Center for Human Environments, and taught courses in urban and economic geography, environmental psychology, housing policy and research methods. She has published widely on housing and community development policy topics, as well as education and youth development.
Penny Penny Hawkins, Chief Professional Officer and Head of Evaluation, Department for International Development, UKFormerly Senior Evaluation Officer with the Rockefeller Foundation and Deputy Director (Head of Evaluation) for the Strategy, Advisory and Evaluation Group of the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Aid and Development Program.
May DawkinsMay Miller-Dawkins, Research Director Core Collaboration Group, New York.May leads Core Collaboration’s research collaborations with universities, social movements, not for profits and international organizations. She has worked extensively for Oxfam Australia, including establishing and leading its Research Unit. She has experience in strategic planning, research, and advocacy across a wide range of areas of international development and human rights.
Gretchen Susi, Co-Director, The Aspen Institute Roundtable on Community Change.Gretchen directs the Roundtable’s Racial Equity and Society Peer Learning Forum. Her research has focused on the social production of housing, particularly public housing, the role of grassroots alliances in producing supportive environments and on the challenges presented to such efforts by race and class.
K.RoseKieran Rose, Commissioner Designate, Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC). Kieran is a leading equality and Human Rights activist in Ireland and prior to being designate commissioner to the IHRC was a board member of the Irish Equality Authority 2007-2012. He is Deputy Director of the Office of Economy and International Relations of Dublin City Council. He is Chair of GLEN, the leading Irish LGBT organization, through which he guided fundamental legislative change on LGBT rights.
Bénédict Wauters, coordinator of the COP RBM and Deputy Director, ESF Agency Flanders.Bénédict Wauters is an expert in project/programme/strategy/policy development and evaluation as well as organizational development. He has been dealing with EU Structural Funds for many years and working at the ESF Agency Flanders since 2007. As the Agency’s Deputy Director his responsibilities include the evaluation of the ESF programme as well as strategy, innovation and methodology. He has acquired his considerable expertise through more than fifteen years of experience in the public sector (both inside the European Commission and the Flemish government) as well as the business sector. As a consultant, he worked with a variety of clients from many sectors such as multilateral institutions (e.g. United Nations, OECD, European Commission and ministries, cities and regions in the Netherlands, Poland, France, the Czech Republic and Belgium). Furthermore, he cooperated with NGOs as well as public and private corporations. As coordinator of the EU-wide community of practice on results based management and author of the “Sourcebook on Results Based Management in the European Structural Funds”, Bénédict gathered extensive expertise in the field of results based management. He is also a lecturer at several universities and business schools in various European cities.
Michael Seltzer, Distinguished Lecturer, School of Public Affairs, Baruch College, City University of New York. Michael is an educator, consultant and writer on philanthropic and nonprofit matters. He is a Trustee of EMPower- the Emerging Markets Foundation, is a former president of Philanthropy New York and was a faculty member of the Foundation Center.
Andy GermakAndy Germak, Executive Director of the Institute for Families at the Rutgers University School of Social Work. Andy leads a team of over 150 staff, faculty and consultants. He collaborates with leadership across sectors to achieve the mission of the Institute – to support and strengthen individuals, families, and communities by building the capacity of human service professionals and organizations.
EricEric K. Glunt, Ph.D, Psychology, CUNY
Director, California Health Incentives Improvement Project
Interwork Institute, San Diego State University
Eric currently specializes in the areas of disability and employment. He brings a community development perspective and background to independent living and youth transition to improve economic and quality of life conditions for persons with disabilities.He has served as lead evaluator on numerous projects. Eric serves on the California Committee for People with Disabilities, the Board of Policy Works.
YannickYannick du Pont is the director of the international NGO SPARK (formerly ATA), an organization which has been working in the field of development cooperation in fragile states. With more than 60 permanent employees and 150 tempoary employees, SPARK develops education and entrepreneurship so that young and ambitious people are empowered to lead their post-conflict society into prosperity. Yannick has been working in the field of development cooperation in fragile states since 1994. With an MA in International Relations and Sociology from the University of Amsterdam, Yannick worked for the Netherlands Minister of Development Cooperation from 1996 to 1997. Yannick also serves on the Board of the Max van der Stoel Foundation (Amsterdam), and steering Board of the knowledge platform on security and rule of law.
seanSeán, O’Siochrú is Research Director of Nexus Research Coop in Dublin Ireland. He has designed programs and led evaluation teams for UN agencies and international NGOs across 50 countries. Author and activist in the area of communication rights, he was a civil society leader in the 1993-95 UN World Summit on the Information Society. Also a founder and Chair of Dublin Community Television (DCTV) in his native city, he works with communities in Ireland on empowerment issues and strategies. He has worked closely with the Center for Theory of Change in using the approach as the basis for effective planning and evaluation in a range of subject areas including urban regeneration and advocacy on human rights.
Eoin Collins, ActKnowledge Associate. Eoin Collins is Senior Evaluation Specialist in ActKnowledge where he has been responsible for the application of Theory of Change in evaluation and planning for a range of organizations including Oxfam Australia and the Alliance for Financial inclusion. Prior to joining ActKnowledge he was Director of Policy in GLEN, a national NGO in Ireland, where he made a significant contribution to the enactment by the Irish government in 2010 of civil partnership legislation for same-sex couples closely based on civil marriage.
Simon Penhall Simon Penhall is the co-founder, Managing Director and Principal Consultant for Helmepark Ltd. Established in 2005 and based in the North East of England, Helmepark Ltd has a successful track record of supporting clients with regards to insight driven performance improvement. Simon has been a committed advocate of Theory of Change since his introduction to the approach by ActKnowledge Inc in 2007, with Helmepark Ltd and Actknowledge Inc continuing to work together to develop Theory of Change for its application in the UK. Simon’s approach to performance improvement is based on a belief that an ever deepening understanding of the relationship between an organisation’s purpose and its practice provides the key to unlocking the organisation’s full potential. Simon is currently Impact and Improvement Adviser for Lancashire County Cricket Club Foundation and an Approved Provider for the UK’s Impact Management Programme.
Dr Antje Deckert LL.M. is a criminal defense lawyer come criminologist. Born and raised in Germany, she has been teaching and researching at Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand since 2011. Her research concerns criminological discourse, particularly its interactions with Indigenous peoples and epistemologies. Dr Deckert is a scholar-activist who seeks to address social inequalities within academic criminology and criminal justice using Theory of Change. She served five years as the New Zealand Vice President of Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology and was a Visiting International Professor at the City University of New York and at Brock University in Ontario, Canada in 2017.