Nicola Giordano

Nicola Giordano


Nicola is the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Specialist within the Programme Management Team at CARE International UK. His main background is in the analysis of large-scale research and impact assessment studies. Currently, he is responsible for providing technical and strategic support across CARE's portfolio to ensure that changes led by development interventions are logically framed, well-captured, triangulated and shared at different levels.

Nicola's main areas of interests are: data analytics applied to the third sector; digital means to generate evidence; and inclusive project design that can assure feedback loops between implementing partners and targeted communities. Before joining CARE, Nicola worked for a number of governmental, non-governmental and private organisations in the development sector at the international and national level.


Blog posts

One of the biggest challenges in achieving programme quality is to link Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning (MEAL) systems to project management practices. Here are some proven ways to achieve this at project design, baseline,

Launched by DFID, Value for Money (VfM) is now a widely accepted standard in the sector. For CARE, quality assurance is determined by evidence of how monetary resources translate into long-lasting changes. It is understood as a key approach

Payment upon demonstrating a set of agreed results is an emerging contractual modality that many donors are choosing to pursue. DFID together with USAID are leading this discourse and

One of the trendiest buzzwords in the development and humanitarian sector at the moment is “adaptive management”, which carries heavy weight in focusing on MEAL practices while remaining neutral to political forces and the increased

A baseline study is more than an assessment of reference values against future progress and an expected impact. It represents the narrative about the context of the project, the stakeholders and the key challenges in delivery. It should be seen