Michael Bamberger

Development Evaluation Advisor

Michael Bamberger has a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and more than 40 years of experience working on development evaluation around the world.  In recent years he has worked on opportunities and challenges for the integration of ICT and big data into the evaluation of development programs.

From 1965-78 he worked with NGOs in Latin America on Urban Community Development.  From 1978-2001 he worked with the World Bank in the fields of urban research, evaluation training coordinator for Asia and gender and development.  Since retiring in 2001 he has consulted on development evaluation with UN agencies, NGOs, and multilateral development banks, and since 2012 he has been advising The Rockefeller Foundation’s Evaluation Office on evaluation methodology.  He is on the editorial board of several evaluation journals and has been on the faculty of the International Center for Development Evaluation Training since 2001.

Recent publications include: “Dealing with complexity in development evaluation” (with Jos Vaessen and Estelle Raimondo), Real World Evaluation: Dealing with budget, time, data and political constraints” (with Jim Rugh and Linda Mabry), “Emerging opportunities: Monitoring and Evaluation in a Tech-Enabled World” with Linda Raftree”, and “Integrating big data into the monitoring and evaluation of development programs”.


Authored Content

  • Apr 06 2020
    Blog Post Rewiring How We Measure Impact in a Post-Covid-19 World The rapid spread of a pandemic like COVID-19 stresses the importance of the availability of real-time and reliable data and calls for us to rewire our systems of how we predict and assess impact. One step toward achieving this paradigm shift is to bring together the capabilities of people who research and measure the impacts […] Michael Bamberger, Peter York, Veronica Olazabal
  • Sep 01 2017
    Blog Post Spotlight on Tech-Enabled M&E There is no longer any doubt that the explosion of available data and the speed with which it can be provisioned will revolutionize the way global challenges are solved. This trend has generated questions and speculation about how technology can support the generation of timely, high-quality data and evidence of social impact and how this, […] Michael Bamberger, Shawna Hoffman, Veronica Olazabal