We are about Evaluative Learning.  Let’s collaborate to build innovative knowledge solutions for your social change work.

Our multi-disciplinary group draws on our collective experience in strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation, international development, human rights, public opinion polling and research methods to provide tailor-made knowledge solutions for social change organizations. At Lucid Collaborative, we know that change happens, but not always in ways that we expect, and rarely on pre-determined timelines.

Lucid Collaborative members are committed to helping those tackling complex problems and making a positive difference. We know the challenges faced by social change organizations — each of us has extensive experience in social change projects and the theories of change that inform them. We have worked with grassroots organizations, NGOs, international organizations,  government departments, donors and research institutions worldwide. 

Our experience tells us that people are central to social change; when people change, outcomes happen. Experience also tells us that when organizations engage in continuous learning and evaluative thinking, they are more likely to achieve their desired outcomes. They become stronger, more focused and more sustainable, and learning is central to this process.

We work with you to build learning and innovation into your organization, and help you find ways to include the communities you work with in this process. We listen to you to meet your needs, and those of your partners, in designing, building and implementing strategic frameworks and monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) processes that are flexible, complementary, participatory and responsive to your world.

Lucid Collaborative can help you achieve your social change goals.


Lucid Collaborative uses adaptive management strategies, including Outcome Mapping. We believe that social change happens when people change their practices, actions and relationships. Through adaptive learning, we work with our clients to assess who they can realistically influence. Then, we help out clients tailor their activities and strategies to achieve the desired behavior change by community members and leaders, government officials, corporations, and policy-makers.

We believe that organizations, project staff and the communities they work with are the individuals best able to recognize significant social change when it happens, and when it doesn’t. We help our clients increase their ability to plan for, monitor, document and analyze their outcomes. Not only does this provide rich data to strengthen their work with partners; it also helps clients gather the information they need to report to donors and share with others.

The adaptive learning and management approach focuses on three areas:



Adaptive learning and management provides organizations with tools to map their ‘theories of change’ with increased clarity.



Adaptive learning management provides monitoring processes that make it easy to collect, document, analyze and integrate information into daily operations, so that an organization can know that it is on track to achieve its intended outcomes.



Adaptive learning management provides project staff with methods and tools to facilitate learning, risk assessment, analysis, and reporting.


We collaborate with clients to find the right knowledge solutions for their organizations and activities in practical, feasible and resource-effective ways.

We provide expertise in:

Strategic Mapping Processes:

  • Strategic planning services that clarify an intervention’s ‘theory of change’ and identify the priorities and actors critical to the change process
  • Innovative design of results frameworks that clarify ‘pathways of change’ and the identification, planning and implementation of intervention strategies

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Systems:

  • Integration of adaptive learning and management approaches that identify and track desired outcomes, and assess the effectiveness of interventions
  • Utilization-focused data collection tools that encourage evaluative thinking, manage risk and simplify reporting, keeping organizations on track to achieving desired social change outcomes

Project and Program Evaluation:

  • Evaluations of complex, multi-stakeholder initiatives in dynamic contexts with utilization focused methodologies
  • Innovative developmental evaluation methods that ensure the creation of evaluative space for the meaningful participation and ‘voices’ of individuals and communities affected by an intervention’s activities

Tailored Training and Facilitation:

  • Outcome Mapping: Introduction to the fundamental concepts, processes and tools of the Outcome Mapping methodology
  • Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Framework Design for Human Rights and Humanitarian Interventions

Opinion Polls:

  • Designing and executing surveys of the general public or specific sub-sectors to establish baselines, progress markers, and outcomes, and to inform strategic planning and communication
  • Utilization of face-to-face, telephone, and online survey formats
  • Tailored training and support for data analysis and usage of poll findings for donors, activists and program staff


Success depends on building a light, user-friendly system that facilitates planning, flexibility, monitoring, documentation and analysis. This helps project staff quickly determine what works, what doesn’t, and why.

To efficiently collect meaningful, timely, mixed-method data, we have designed a customizable, cloud-based application: Horizon. This new system differs from other monitoring and evaluation programs by allowing users to gather, store, and analyze both qualitative and quantitative data. Horizon enables the timely analysis and reporting of outcomes, going beyond the typical qualitative “success story”-style accounts.

Contact us at emma@lucidcollaborative.com for more information and to arrange a one-on-one demonstration. We would love to hear from you and learn about your data management needs.


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Maggie Schuppert

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David Crow

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Organizations & Foundations:


Afghanistan • Albania • Bosnia • Colombia• Congo, Republic of • Croatia • Egypt • Ethiopia • India • Israel • Kenya • Kosovo • Kyrgyzstan • Lebanon • Mexico • Morocco • Myanmar • Nigeria • Palestine • Russian Federation• Rwanda • Serbia• Sudan • Turkey


Oversight Commission on Access to Information (Afghanistan):

OCAI is a national multi-stakeholder body formed to oversee the implementation of Afghanistan’s new access to information legislation. Emma Naughton is facilitating the development of a 4-year national strategic and M & E framework for the Commission, based on Outcome Mapping. (Ongoing)

Integrity Watch Afghanistan:

Emma Naughton is facilitating the development of a new 3-year Strategic Framework to guide IWA’s anti-corruption programming and advocacy initiatives. (Ongoing)

Open Society Foundations:

With support from the Open Society Foundations, James Ron and David Crow designed and conducted a public opinion poll of 960 adults in Mexico City, exploring whether, and under what conditions, they might be willing to donate money to local human rights organizations. They  conducted the survey in summer 2016, presented results to Mexican human rights NGOs in February 2017,  and will be working with them to use the survey results in the coming months. They will also be leading a similar study in Bogotá, Colombia in 2017. (Ongoing)

Human Rights Watch:

With support from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs, James Ron is working with a group of graduate students in winter-spring 2017 on three projects for Human Rights Watch: An evaluation of the organization’s advocacy impact in Brazil and India; a review of evaluation practices among peer organizations; and a review of HRW’s call for international, impartial commissions of inquiry. This study is part of Ron’s broader effort to work with graduate students to provide Human Rights Watch with advisory services (Ongoing)

Mennonite Economic Development Associates:

Emma Naughton conducted a Learning-Based Management training for project staff and civil society partners on the Improving Market Opportunities for Women in Myanmar project.  The IMOW project seeks to strengthen participation of female farmers in key agricultural value chains in two states in Myanmar. (June 2016)


Recent Media Articles:

Ron J., D. Crow & J. Kaire (2017, February 15). . “Ordinary People Will Pay for Rights. We Asked Them.” openGlobalRights/openDemocracy.

Ron, J. & D. Crow. (2016, November 29). Human Rights Groups Are Secretly U.S. Agents. True or False? Washington Post.

Crow, D. (2015, July 1). Mapping human rights skepticism in Mexico. openGlobalRights/openDemocracy. Available also in Español.

Ron, J., S. Golden, D. Crow & A. Pandya. (2015, June 29). Data-Driven Optimism for Global Rights Activists. openGlobalRights/openDemocracy. Available also in Español, French &  Arabic.

Naughton, E. & K. Kelpin. (2015, June 3). When evaluating human rights progress, focus also on the journey. openGlobalRights/openDemocracy. Available also in Français, Español, العربية 

Ron, J. & A. Pandya. (2013, November 14). Universal Values, Foreign Money: Local Human Rights Organizations in the Global South. openGlobalRights/openDemocracy. Available also in TürkçeEspañolPortuguêsFrançaisעברית ,العربية.

Ron, J., D. Crow & S. Golden. (2013, June 18). The Struggle for a Truly Grass Roots Human Rights Movement. openGlobalRights/openDemocracy. Available in Español, Français, العربية, 中国语文, हिंदी, Português, Türkçe.

Select Scholarly Publications

Ron, J., S. Golden, D. Crow & A. Pandya. 2017. Taking Root: Public Opinion and Human Rights in the Global South. Oxford University Press.

Ron, J., A. Pandya & D. Crow. 2017. “Can Southern Human Rights Organizations Raise More Money Locally?” Journal of Human Rights Practice.

Ron, J., A. Pandya & D. Crow. 2016. “Universal Values, Foreign Money: Funding Local Human Rights Organizations in the Global South.” Review of International Political Economy. 23/1: 29-64

Ron, J. & D. Crow. 2015, “Who Trusts Human Rights Organizations? Evidence from Three World Regions.” Human Rights Quarterly. 37/1: 188-239.

*** For a comprehensive list of scholarly publications, check out the Google Scholar pages for James Ron and David Crow. 


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