Max Shanstrom – Manager, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning
Max is a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Manager, based in London. He supports the MEL and Research of the Conflict Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) Global MEL Partnership (GMEL). In this role, he supports the CSSF to develop adaptive MEL strategies in conflict and complex environments.
Before joining Integrity, Max worked as a MEL Specialist for Dexis Consulting where he conducted evaluations, assessments, and third-party monitoring for USAID and the Department of State. While there, he conducted two evaluations as part of the Research for Effective Education Programming in Africa (REEP-A) initiative, examining early-grade reading and youth workforce development activities in Rwanda. He also designed and managed an evaluation of an agricultural reform project in Ukraine, examining the impacts of the Donbass conflict on farmers and local governance. Max also spent time at Palladium where, in addition to programme evaluations, he facilitated MEL training courses for USAID staff in Thailand, Zimbabwe and Washington, DC.
Max started his career conducting field research in conflict settings, designing and implementing assessments and household surveys in Jordan and South Sudan. At Forcier Consulting in Juba, he implemented a large-scale household mapping exercise, while in Jordan he designed and managed a nationwide survey of Syrian refugees as part of a REACH assessment of female employment.
Max is interested in expanding the use of innovative MEL strategies in complex environments, and the applications for mixed-methods and impact evaluations.
Max has a Bachelor’s degree in International Political Science the University of Rhode Island and a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Texas A&M University. While there, he focused on civil conflict and field research methods. During his degree he worked as a researcher for the USAID Center on Conflict and Development.