Scott Rankin
Rural resilience, research, design and evaluation

Scott Rankin is a program design, monitoring and evaluation specialist. Having commenced his career at Australian Volunteers International in 1992, Scott moved on to work with United Nations Volunteers and the United Nations Development Programme, before setting out as a freelance consultant in 2002.

To this day, Scott persists in ensuring his work portfolio is deliberately varied in terms of sector, organization type and geographical location, with the objective of keeping abreast of the different contexts, approaches, needs, interests and synergies of different development partner types. He has lived and worked in Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand, and also worked extensively across Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America.

Common themes cutting across his work have been support to post-conflict and fragile states; understanding and better supporting resilience of vulnerable populations; disaster risk reduction; extractive industries and the social license to operate; as well as an interest in the intersection of livelihoods and sustainable agricultural development.

Scott’s consulting work cuts across the development continuum, with outputs including preliminary research, baseline surveys and project designs, alongside his primary role as an evaluation team leader. In 2011, Scott completed a Master of Assessment and Evaluation at the University of Melbourne, with the aim of further strengthening and consolidating his evaluation understanding and capacity. An outcome of this study has been a more deliberate emphasis on blending qualitative and quantitative analysis into his work.

In recent years, Scott has focused on design and evaluation of larger rural livelihoods programs and funding facilities (US$40–50 million) for clients such as the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and USAID in the Middle East and Africa. He has also undertaken niche research in the occupied Palestinian Territories defining resilience in the context of the West Bank and analysis of the impact on children of the blockade of Gaza. In between that work, he supported development of a framework for evaluation of community-based emergency management planning in his home state of Victoria, Australia.

Scott is a member of the Australasian Evaluation Society and the International Association for Public Participation. In 2004, Scott was awarded the Australian Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal by the Australian Government, and in 2006, a Cambodian Service Medal for his work in the Cambodian mine action sector.