Alex Cornelius is an M&E specialist with eight years of experience in conducting interdisciplinary research and evaluation, focusing on the interactions between social protection, climate change and nutrition security. He joined Itad in November 2015.
Alex has considerable experience in designing, managing and implementing large and complex evaluations, particularly with the use of non-experimental designs, but also including theory-based mixed methods impact evaluation, process evaluation, systematic reviews and value for money assessments.
Most recently he was involved in the system level evaluation of the Adaptive Social Protection programme, which sought to establish shock responsive social protection mechanisms and resilience building components within governments across six countries in the Sahel. The evaluation assessed the impact of technical assistance and financial support on system level change, and was focused on lesson learning. The findings from this evaluation are currently being used to inform the design of the second phase of the ASPp.
He is also currently involved in the qualitative component of a mixed methods impact evaluation of the Child Development Grants in Nigeria, which is a nutrition-sensitive cash transfer and behavioural change programme.
He is leading the qualitative component of the Supporting Nutrition In Pakistan evaluation, which will assess the impact of a national supply-side initiative that sets out to fortify wheat and oil in order to reduce micronutrient malnutrition.
Prior to these ongoing projects, he was involved in MQSUN’s Programme to Accelerate Improved Nutrition for the Extreme Poor in Bangladesh project, where he carried out the process evaluation and cost-effectiveness components of the mixed methods impact evaluation. He has also produced many nutrition-related literature reviews and policy briefs across south Asia.
Prior to joining Itad Alex worked as an independent consultant for the Institute of Development Studies, Action against Hunger and the European Commission, amongst others within the nutrition, social protection and livelihoods space.