Alyna Wyatt leads the Evaluation for Development team across the global locations. She sets the team’s strategy, culture and quality standards across the evaluation and technical advisory work of the practice.
She leads complex, multi-country, monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) assignments in a range of sectors and clients. Her expertise focuses on understanding how initiatives can support emerging economies to include disadvantaged and marginalised groups, in particular women, youth and MSMEs. Alyna manages assignments so that they culminate in practical insights and implementable recommendations.
Alyna's technical expertise as an evaluator is deep and broad since starting in 2006. It covers rigorous quantitative impact evaluation to evaluation approaches heavily dependent on qualitative data and analysis such as participatory and feminist evaluation. To design the most appropriate evaluation approach and methods for any assignment, Alyna draws on her skills in theory of change, innovation testing and pilot programmes, longitudinal surveys and cohort studies, among others.
She is a member of the Financial Advisors to the Board (FAB) of the American Evaluation Association (AEA). She is the past treasurer of the South African Monitoring and Evaluation Association (SAMEA) (2015-2019), and is ex officio chair of AEA’s social impact measurement topical interest group. She holds a master’s in Rural Development from the University of Sussex (UK) and a bachelor's in Economics from Queen’s University (Canada).