UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose


Learning from the field: Emerging practices in mission learning

17 May 2023, 10:00 am–11:30 am


Join us in our second learning series on dynamic evaluation, hearing directly from practitioners about their ground experience in monitoring and evaluating challenge-driven policies and missions.

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IIPP Policy Studio

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Capturing learning from missions (mission-learning) through a structured monitoring and evaluation approach poses barriers and opportunities. Mission-learning implementation is central to the idea of experimentation, where goals, targets, and programmes are tested to ensure missions stay grounded and adaptive to grand challenge. 

This learning series event explores and highlights the barriers and opportunities in experimental and dynamic approaches to mission learning. We’ll be hearing from on-the-ground-experience of monitoring and evaluation practitioners Bartholomew Armah (UN Economic Commission for Africa), Ruth Puttick (Open Innovation Team) and Aditi Chatterjee (METIP) in the context of missions aimed toward innovation and transformative changes. 

This event is the second 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 event will be held on Zoom. Tickets are free, but booking is required. The talk will also be recorded and uploaded to our IIPP YouTube channel at a later date.

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, 7 June (10am-11:30am BST)

Dynamic evaluation: Theory meets practice

Video coming soon

About the Speakers

Rainer Kattel

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

Rainer Kattel
Rainer Kattel is Deputy Director at UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose. He 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.

Bartholomew Armah

Chief of Development Planning in the Macroeconomics and Governance Division at UN Economic Commission for Africa

Bartholomew Armah holds a doctorate degree in Development Economics from the University of Notre Dame (USA). He served as a tenured Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee prior to joining the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).

He is currently the Chief of Development Planning in the Macroeconomics and Governance Division at ECA. Professor Armah is an expert in debt management, economic development, development planning and international trade. He conceptualized and designed the Integrated Planning and Reporting Tool (IPRT), a development planning software that digitizes the alignment of national development plans with continental and global frameworks such as the Africa Union’s Agenda 2063 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. He has spearheaded several ECA reports including the “Africa Sustainable Development Report”, the which evaluates Africa’s performance on the 2030 Agenda and the African Union Agenda 2063, and Special Drawing Rights and the Coronavirus Crisis. He provided technical advice to the Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa on the design of the Liquidity and Sustainability Facility, a special purpose vehicle designed to lower the cost of commercial borrowing by enhancing the liquidity and demand for sovereign bonds issued by emerging market economies.

In 2019, he served as the Policy and Planning Coordinator of the UN Secretary General’s Transition Team for the reform of the development system (October 2018-January 2020). His latest publication, Prioritizing interventions for sustainable structural transformation in Africa: a structural equation modelling approach provides a framework for policymakers to optimally sequence economic, social and environmental policy interventions to achieve sustainable structural transformation.

Ruth Puttick

Senior Policy Advisor at Open Innovation Team

Ruth Puttick
Ruth is a Senior Policy Advisor at the HMG Open Innovation Team where she advises the government on policy challenges. She is currently leading a large study for the Paul Ramsay Foundation exploring evidence centres in Australia and around the world. Prior to this, Ruth ran a consultancy, worked at Tony Blair Associates and helped set up the policy and research team in the government advisory practice, and spent nearly 7 years at the UK innovation agency, Nesta, where she developed their programme on evidence for social policy and practice.  Ruth holds a PhD in political science and urban studies that explores the influence of philanthropic foundation on city government innovation. More about Ruth Puttick

Aditi Chatterjee

Monitoring, Evaluation, Research & Learning (MERL) Specialist at METIP

Aditi Chatterjee is a monitoring, evaluation, research & learning (MERL) specialist, with 11 years of experience spanning international development programs, for donors and clients such as Global Fund to End Modern Slavery(US), Innovations for Poverty Action(US), British International Investment(UK), NORAD(Norway), CIFF(UK) and UNDP(India). 

She specializes in large scale developmental evaluations, complexity aware monitoring, randomized control trials, and quasi experimental mixed methods studies, with up to 80,000 respondents, and 10 consortium partners. She has extensive experience in leading MEL studies in the domains of decent work, anti-human trafficking, ethical supply chains, and livelihoods.  

She is a Steering Committee member of METIP - the global community of practice for researchers and MEL professionals in the anti-human trafficking space. She also serves as a technical trainer and advisor to Indian and global non-profits and accelerators on developing their theories of change and MEL systems. 

Aditi holds an MBA from the University of Oxford, where she was a Weidenfeld-Hoffman Scholar. 

After over a decade in the industry with corporate consulting firms, social enterprises, and non-profits including KPMG, EY, Kaivalya Education Foundation, and Sattva Consulting, she now practices as an independent consultant for global MEL programs.