Here’s what others are saying:
Peter has consistently provided the highest value on multiple evaluations. His extraordinary technical knowledge is complemented by many years of practical experience, and he combines the two for a thorough consideration of all the relevant aspects when evaluating projects.
I have particularly been impressed with Peter’s skill in working with local project staff. I have seen him adapt his style and approach to multiple different contexts, and in each, he develops a professional rapport with colleagues, and leads a process that ensures all staff and participants are fully engaged, and learn from the process as much as from the outcomes. Peter’s genuine interest in ongoing learning, and in building an ever-growing body of knowledge in climate change and resilience, means that he consistently examines data in thorough detail, and finds insights that have eluded the rest of us! His professionalism extends to all areas of his work – he is meticulous in planning and documentation, he goes above and beyond the responsibilities of each evaluation and his results are always of the highest quality.
I have also admired Peter’s particular dedication to ensuring the opinions of all stakeholders are included in evaluations, especially those who are often overlooked, like women and children. I have seen Peter use his excellent facilitation skills and cultural awareness to ensure that evaluations are truly inclusive and participatory, and he consistently finds innovative ways of achieving this.
I have been privileged each time I have worked with Peter and eagerly anticipate doing so in the future. I heartily endorse his knowledge, skills and professionalism and recommend him to all.– Kate Horwood
International Programs Manager
Plan International Australia
WV PNG recruited Peter to help us conduct four key end-of-project evaluations. As part of this process we requested that Peter help us strengthen the Evaluation capacity of our team and that he takes them on the journey with him. Peter conducted two highly informative workshops and has ensured the project staff learned and benefited professionally from the entire evaluation process. He has also been extremely flexible throughout the evaluations and was very nimble in adapting data collection to rapidly changing circumstances and unexpected barriers, which often occur in Papua New Guinea and some of our more remote project locations. I have no hesitation to recommend Peter.– Clynton Beukes
Program Quality Manager
World Vision Papua New Guinea
Relationships: During all periods that I worked with Peter Weston in Senegal, as program manager and then as a regional manager, he demonstrated very respectful, frank and very rich relations with staff and communities. The staff and communities who know him still hold good memories of him.
Expertise: Peter is an expert in resilience and climate adaptation. The proof is that, with his guidance, in Senegal, we were able to initiate and extend projects in Farmer-managed natural regeneration (FMNR) in the dryland region of Kaffrine. Since then, the extension of the FMNR has continued to grow successfully, enabling World Vision Senegal to be chosen over all other development and agriculture NGOs for the implementation of the European-Union-funded Evergreen Agriculture Scaling-up project:2017 – 2021. In evaluations, Peter was highly organised and collaborative. His evaluations produced insightful findings and recommendations to improve our work.
Communication: Often in Senegal, program staff have challenges in communicating with foreign advisers because in most cases they only speak English. However, Peter Weston’s ability to speak and write French allowed him to easily share his experience with operational staff and villages leaders and also learn from them.– Dr. Charles Bakhoum
Resilience & Livelihoods Advisor
West Africa Regional Office, Senegal, World Vision International
I highly recommend Peter Weston. I have been impressed by Peter’ ability to combine methodological rigour with a deep awareness of pragmatic and contextual issues to produce responsive, reliable, insightful evaluations. Peter not only knows what to do when conducting high quality evaluations, he also knows why and how to do it and so can deftly adapt to changing circumstances to produce meaningful results. Peter works well at both strategic and operational levels to design thoughtful, useful evaluations, and deliver them effectively, working productively and respectfully with local staff.– Dr Tari Turner
Senior Research Follow
School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University
“Being part of the evidence and evaluations training facilitated by Peter was not only helpful but also very informative. The topics were easy to understand and can be applied in any context. As a Technical Program Coordinator, the sessions and different topics taught were complementary. There were daily recaps of the topics and practical examples given which enabled the team to practise, reflect, and apply in their work following the workshop. I am confident in his expertise in the field of monitoring and evaluation and would definitely recommend for other opportunities.”– Jeanette Selep
Maternal, Newborn & Child Health and Nutrition National Coordinator
World Vision Papua New Guinea
Peter possesses high level skills in monitoring and evaluation and, over the course of the work we did together, Peter demonstrated a highly sophisticated understanding of research monitoring and evaluation in complex settings. Peter possesses excellent communication skills and he is a very amicable person to work with. This, coupled with his high moral and professional standards, enables important work to be done in a productive and efficient way. Peter has worked in a range of development settings and has gathered a repertoire of skills and experience that enable him to provide tailored and appropriate support for monitoring and evaluating development projects. His approach is grounded in a fundamental understanding of humanitarian work and the complexities of working across agencies, settings, geographical locations, logistics and languages. He does this with an approach that is sensitive to cultural protocols. Peter possesses a rare combination of experience, excellent professional skills and a friendly personality. I would recommend him to any organisation seeking a person of integrity and strong capability.– Dr Libby Lee-Hammond
Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education
Murdoch University, Western Australia