Ian is both rigorous and humble. He has a gift for absorbing huge amounts of information fast, and then honing in on the unexplored corners where marginal dollars can add the most value. The spring of 2020, when I met Ian, was a time of crisis when the facts on the ground were changing fast and clear thinking was rare. His ranking of funding options for pandemic relief in poor countries was a remarkable feat of prioritization under pressure. When I heard he was starting a politics funding circle, I was eager to join. I'm so glad I did.
Ian's thought partnership, research, and thoughtful analysis helped give us the confidence we needed to test a new approach to accountability, better suited to complex problems.
We got to know Ian from COVID grantmaking – I'm on the board of the Packard Foundation, and I was trying to figure out where the most effective opportunities were, and Ian was super helpful.
It was an enormous pleasure to work with Ian who is wonderfully creative and bold. He brings a unique set of skills to every project that distinguishes him and his work.
Ian worked with our strategy, learning, and evaluation team to build our knowledge about how we could better support organizational decisionmaking processes. Our team appreciated his guidance on how to prepare for decisionmaking – for example, using decision inventories and decisionmaking matrices – and awareness of cognitive bias in the decisionmaking process. As a result, we are more attuned to which decisions are on the horizon and how we can draw on evaluation, research, and strategic learning to enhance the quality of our decisionmaking.
Thanks to you, Ian, for inspiring all of us!