Dr Kara Scally-Irvine

Dr Kara Scally-Irvine – Technical Lead

Kara’s CV
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Kara has over 15 years’ experience in research, and results-focused monitoring and evaluation. She has well developed skills in quantitative and qualitative data, with a particular specialisation in systems thinking. She has worked across a wide range of sectors and organisations (governmental and not-for-profit), with individuals at all levels – from ‘grassroots’ to the executive in New Zealand and internationally.

Kara is highly experienced working in cross cultural settings. She has completed fieldwork in Indonesia, the Cook Islands, Samoa, Tonga, Kiribati, and the Solomon Islands and has previously lived and worked in Cambodia. Kara has been involved in the design and delivery of both stand-alone research and evaluations and integrated evaluative monitoring and evaluation approaches for projects, programmes, and organisations; as well as working with organisations to sharpen their strategic focus.

Her strong research background (including experience conducting both quantitative and qualitative research) and experience in indicator development means that one of her strength areas is ensuring rigorous and robustly designed measurement frameworks that adhere to international best practice quality standards.


  • PhD, Poverty alleviation and biodiversity conservation: factors influencing their integration in Cambodia, University of Queensland, 2010.
  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Environmental Science (Distinction), 2001
  • Bachelor of Science in Zoology, Psychology, University of Otago, 2000
  • Bachelor of Commerce in Management, University of Otago, 2001

Key accountabilities

Kara is a technical lead, involved in the scoping, design, and delivery of advisory work for large and small EvalStars projects, both nationally and internationally. She also conducts peer review and quality assurance on technical documents, and has designed and delivered many capability building and evaluative management workshops.