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Keynote speaker: Marlène Läubli Loud

Title of the keynote:  The current state of affairs regarding utilisation of M&E processes and findings.

Marlène Läubli Loud (DPhil) is currently an independent consultant and trainer in public sector evaluation. She has over 25 years of experience in various aspects of private and public sector evaluation in the following fields; small-to-medium enterprises, higher education, youth unemployment, public health, environmental health, community services and impact of communication and information technology on society. Her clients include Cantonal health authorities, the European Commission, the World Health Organization, the United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG), the UN Joint Inspection Unit, the UK Department of Employment and the UK Health Promotion Agency (now merged and become NICE).

She was head of the Research and Evaluation Unit at the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (SFOPH) for nearly twenty years where she gained much experience in evaluation management, and especially in the ways and means for improving the use and utility of evaluation in organizations. She continues to have a keen theoretical and practical interest in this area and is now leading a working group for the Swiss Evaluation Society (SEVAL) on competencies for evaluation managers.

Marlène has facilitated several workshops on public sector evaluation for a range of health and other practitioners. She is a member of the American, European, Swiss (SEVAL) and UK Evaluation Societies and served on the SEVAL Executive Committee for more than 10 years with special responsibility for professional development. She has also held positions in several universities as lecturer in public sector evaluation and as senior researcher. She has acted as peer reviewer on several evaluation studies and is currently a reviewer for the Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation.

Marlène has worked in several countries including Algeria, Switzerland, the UK, and Italy. She was also part-time Director of the European Office of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War—winner of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize.

Projects that she is currently working on or has recently completed include: developing competency framework for professional evaluation management; evaluation of cantonal information system for coordinating placements in Medicalised Homes, training in strategies and measures for capacity building in organisations. Marlène is co-editor of the book ‘Enhancing evaluation use: Insights from internal evaluation units’ together with John Mayne (SAGE publications 2014).


Läubli Loud, M. 2014

“Institutionalization and Evaluation Culture – Interplay Between the One and the Other:  Lessons From the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health”, in: Enhancing Evaluation Use: Insights from Internal Evaluation Units, pp. 55 – 82, Sage Publications USA


Läubli Loud, M. & Mayne. J.  (eds.), 2014

Take-Home Messages for Internal Evaluation Units

Läubli Loud, M. 2014

“What Can We Learn From Practitioners? Some Thoughts and Take-Home Messages for Internal Evaluation Units”, in: Enhancing Evaluation Use: Insights from Internal Evaluation Units,  pp. 241 – 258, Sage Publications USA