UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose


Dynamic evaluation: Theory meets practice

07 June 2023, 9:00 am–10:30 am


The final seminar of the Dynamic Evaluation Learning Series bringing together theory and practice and opening up new spaces for knowledge exchange and collaboration.

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When theory meets practice – the final seminar of the dynamic evaluation learning series brings together academics, experts, and practitioners in the space of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) for missions on innovation and transformative policies.  We will discuss steps forward to designing best practices in how we capture learning from missions implementation. 

The seminar will look at experimental and dynamic M&E as an alternative conceptual and methodological approach to capturing system changes from mission implementations, and reflects on its feasibility and applications from practical experiences.

This event is the final of three events in the Dynamic Evaluation Learning Series, and part of the IIPP Policy Studio’s work in ‘Dynamic Monitoring and Evaluation for Missions, Innovation, and Transformative Policies’. Leam more about this work and other events here.

This final event takes place during the last day of the Mission-Oriented-Innovation-Network (MOIN) annual gathering bringing together mission-oriented organisations to share learnings, connect and innovate.

This session will be chaired and moderated by Prof. Rainer Kattel, Co-Director, IIPP.

  • Virgi Sari, Research Fellow, IIPP
  • Philippe Larrue, Policy Analyst, Science and Technology, Policy Division, OECD
  • Erkki Karo, Associate Professor, Tallin University
  • Gemma Moore, Senior Research Fellow in Evaluation, UCL
  • Søren Vester Haldrup, Innovation Fund Manager. UNDP

Other events in the Dynamic Evaluation Learning Series


Weds, 19 April (10am-11:30am BST)

Capturing learnings in mission-oriented policies: Monitoring and evaluation methods and practice

Watch the recording here


Weds, 17 May (10am-11:30am BST)

Learning from the field: Emerging practices in mission-learning

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About the Speakers

Prof Rainer Kattel

Professor of Innovation and Public Governance at UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose

Rainer Kattel
Rainer Kattel is Deputy Director and Professor of Innovation and Public Governance at the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP). He has studied at the University of Tartu, Estonia, and the University of Marburg, Germany, in philosophy, political philosophy, classics and public administration.

He led Ragnar Nurkse School of Innovation and Governance for 10 years, building it into one of the leading innovation and governance schools in the region. 

Professor Kattel has also served on various public policy commissions, including the Estonian Research Council and European Science Foundation. He has worked as an expert for the OECD, UNDP and the European Commission, and served as a member of E-Estonia Council advising the Prime Minister of Estonia. Currently, he leads the Estonian Government’s Gender Equality Council.

He has published extensively on innovation policy, its governance and specific management issues. In 2013, he received Estonia's National Science Award for his work on innovation policy. More about Prof Rainer Kattel

Virgi Sari

Research Fellow in Economic Policy at UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP)

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Virgi Agita Sari is currently a Research Fellow in Economic Policy at the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose. She is a development economist interested in the intersection between development economics, welfare policies, and policy evaluation. Her research largely focuses on poverty-inequality nexus in developing countries, human capital, policy impact assessment, and understanding the distributional impacts of grand challenges.

Her roles at the Institute focus on translating new economic thinking into practices through the newly established Policy Studio (link) and undertaking in-depth research. Her research currently focuses on developing an alternative method for a system-based policy evaluation as well as bringing new approaches to the economy and governance of water. She is also passionate in teaching and currently serves as one of seminar leads for The Economics of Innovation for our MPA course.

Virgi holds a PhD in Development Policy and Management (2018) and MSc in Development Economics (2012) from the Global Development Institute. Her PhD dissertation examined the concept of inclusion, used novel method and data in bringing evidence and assess policy impact in fostering economic inclusion. Prior to joining IIPP, she did substantive research on poverty and inequality and policy work with government counterparts in developing countries through different capacities. She worked as an Economist at the World Bank, engaging closely with the national governments in monitoring and assessing the impact of welfare policies in Indonesia and Timor-Leste, as well as engaged in frontier research to understand the distributional consequences of global challenges including disruptive technology, climate change, and the COVID-19 pandemic using econometric techniques. She also worked as a researcher at government think thank to help monitor and improve the delivery and design of flagship social protection programmes in Indonesia. More about Virgi Sari

Philippe Larrue

Policy Analyst at Directorate for Science Technology and Innovation (DSTI)

Philippe Larrue
Philippe Larrue is working at the Directorate for Science Technology and Innovation (DSTI) where he leads several activities related to research and innovation governance and policy for sustainability transitions, including the work on mission-oriented innovation policies. He also regularly leads or contributes to OECD Innovation Policy Reviews. He chairs the Stakeholder Advisory Board of the European Forum for Studies of Policies for Research and Innovation (Eu-SPRI). 

He joined OECD in 2011 as internal evaluator. Prior to joining OECD, he was Director of the French office of Technopolis Group, and occupied various researcher positions at the University of Bordeaux, INSEAD Business School (Fontainebleau) and the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI, Tokyo). He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Bordeaux.  More about Philippe Larrue

Erkki Karo

Associate Professor at Tallin University of Technology

erkki karo
Erkki holds a PhD in technology governance from the same university. In his research and policy advisory functions, Erkki focuses on the governance of science, technology, and innovation (STI) policies and systems with a particular application of STI for tackling complex societal challenges (e.g. SDGs), green/sustainability transition, and developing human centric (smart) cities, etc.

His most recent publication co-written with Rainer Kattel and Wolfgang Drechsler is titled How to Make and Entrepreneurial State: Why Innovation Needs Bureaucracy (Yale University Press, 2022). He has served as a member of the Innovation Policy Council of the Government of Estonia and currently acts as the Chair of the EU Expert Group on Monitoring EU Missions 


More about Erkki Karo

Dr Gemma Moore

Associate Professor & Senior Research Fellow in Evaluation at Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering, Bartlett

Dr Gemma Moore is an Associate Professor, at the Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering at the Bartlett.

Gemma has been with the department since 2002, undertaking research and teaching in the field of sustainability, participation, community engagement, health and environmental quality.

As part of that role, she leads the MSc module Health and Wellbeing in Cities: Theory and Practice for the Bartlett Institute of Environmental Design and Engineering’s MSc Health, Sustainability and Wellbeing in Buildings. Within the module she has built in a model of engaged teaching, involving community and policy partners within the assessment.

Gemma is Faculty Impact Lead at the Bartlett. She has a strong track record of evaluation and impact, whilst supporting people and partnerships working towards lasting cultural change.   More about Dr Gemma Moore

Søren Vester Haldrup

Innovation Specialist at Strategic Innovation Unit, UNDP

Søren Vester Haldrup
Søren Vester Haldrup is an Innovation Specialist in UNDP’s Strategic Innovation Unit.

In this role he helps UNDP figure out how to better understand and tackle complex systems challenges. This entails supporting country office colleagues and partners to experiment with new ways of working to better deal with contexts of high uncertainty and complexity.

Currently, a key focus in Søren’s work is identifying, supporting and piloting ways of doing monitoring and evaluation (M&E) that are coherent with the complex nature of systems challenges. Søren lead’s UNDP’s flagship initiative on this - the so-called M&E Sandbox.

Søren is also a board member with Global Integrity. Prior to joining UNDP in New York, Søren worked as a Senior Consultant with Oxford Policy Management. He has also worked for UNDP Tanzania/ Government of Tanzania, International Rescue Committee Ethiopia, and the Danish Institute for International Studies.