Monitoring & Evaluation

The rigorous evaluation of programmes is vital to understanding the impact and value of any initiative.

As the scale of counter-extremism work worldwide grows, ensuring that our efforts are based on evidence becomes ever more important. Yet measuring the impact of counter-extremism programmes and policies is a complex process, not least because of the difficulty of assessing behavioural change, the connection between offline and online actions and the controversial and sensitive nature of the subject matter.

ISD’s research team includes highly experienced evaluation experts who design and implement robust impact assessment strategies for offline education programmes as well as online campaigns and interventions.

Drawing upon significant experience in identifying proxy indicators, ISD’s monitoring and evaluation team design innovative impact questionnaires and regularly trial new and original evaluation approaches. ISD researchers also have extensive experience in the evaluation of civil society projects and programmes in a vast array of national contexts, and can provide expert consultancy and evaluation services to civil society actors working in this space.

In addition to innovative offline evaluation design, ISD has been at the cutting edge of the evaluation of online communications campaigns beyond reach and engagement metrics. In 2016, ISD was a partner in the development of a unique social listening tool calibrated specifically to assess the behavioural impact of online information campaigns.

In addition to the results from ISD online evaluations, which can be read at the links below, we also seek to provide guidance to civil society organisations for how they can design and measure the impact of their campaigns. If you would like to speak to someone on the ISD team about evaluating your work, please email [email protected].

ISD has developed groundbreaking M&E protocols over the past decade

ISD’s M&E team

Sarah Kennedy
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Sarah Kennedy

Chief Operating Officer

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Sarah Kennedy
Sarah Kennedy

Chief Operating Officer

Sarah Kennedy is Chief Operating Officer of ISD, with responsibility for operations and finance. She oversees the operational management of the organisation to ensure all financial, operations, governance, HR and legal responsibilities are delivered to the highest possible standard. Sarah has over a decade of experience in the UK and international charity sectors. Previous roles include UK Director of Kenyan NGO S.A.F.E and Head of Partnerships & Events at the UK think tank Demos. Having worked in a range of NGO functions - particularly communications, programme delivery, fundraising and partnerships - Sarah now specialises in operations and management, with a particular focus on financial management, strategic development, change management, HR and governance. Sarah holds a First Class degree in Economic and Social History from the University of Bristol and an MA in Legal and Political Theory from UCL. She additionally holds an Art & Design Foundation Diploma from Kingston University; a Certificate in International Business Practice and International Diploma in Management from University of Cambridge International Exams; and a Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Certificate in Business Accounting.
Loraine von Moltke
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Loraine von Moltke

Head of Development

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Loraine von Moltke
Loraine von Moltke

Head of Development

Loraine von Moltke is Head of Development at ISD, where she helps create and drive forward ISD’s core income strategy through communication channels such as ISD Insights and other public events, as well as directly working with individuals to support ISD’s growth, expansion and reach. Core donations are essential to ISD’s working stability as well as growth and innovation. Working closely with ISD Board members as well as members of all levels of the ISD team, Loraine is growing the base of major core donors to establish a sustainable core foundation. A graduate of Harvard Business School, Loraine has successfully fundraised for Harvard for over a decade. As co-founding Trustee, former Board Chairman and CEO of wildlife charity, Tale2Tail, Loraine led the start-up efforts to create and establish the charity, cultivate corporate partnerships, and oversee the creation of projects to educate children to end demand for illegal wildlife products. She was also a former Governor and Company Director of the German School London, where she led communications and publications teams, along with expansion of the school. Earlier, she worked in marketing for Siemens AG in Munich and for the Treuhandanstalt in Berlin in privatising former state-owned enterprises. Finally, as a triathlete, Loraine has through personal endeavour also raised funds for various charities by participating in Triathlons, Swimathons and the MoonWalk London. Helping engage people in supporting important causes has always been at the heart of her work.
Emma Jones
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Emma Jones

Finance & Office Manager

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Emma Jones
Emma Jones

Finance & Office Manager

Emma Jones is a Finance & Office Manager at ISD, responsible for the day to day running of the office finances. She has 10 years' experience working within finance across various sectors and is a fully qualified member of the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT).
Duaa Khalid
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Duaa Khalid

Senior Grants Manager

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Duaa Khalid
Duaa Khalid

Senior Grants Manager

Duaa Khalid is Senior Grants Manager at ISD, responsible for all grants management including reporting and compliance for all the projects at the organisation. Duaa has experience working with non-profit organizations and international charities managing international programs and donor relationships with DFID, EU and USAID, among others. Previously, she worked with Save the Children UK and Marie Stopes International. Duaa holds a BSc Hons in Economics from Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) and an MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE).