ARCeconomics is a virtual organisation. It is headed by Andy Rowe who has over thirty years' experience in consulting as an economist and evaluator. Eric Trum manages surveys and contributes to projects.
Andy Rowe has worked for over thirty years as an economist and evaluation consultant in North America, Europe, South Asia, Africa, the Western Pacific and the Caribbean. His work focuses on evaluation in sustainable development, natural resource and dispute resolution settings. He has a PhD from the London School of Economics and is a 2013 Fellow and former President of the Canadian Evaluation Society.
He is currently team leader on evaluations of the UNEP GEO-5 program and of a philanthropic donor funded sustainable fisheries program in the Pacific. He is also undertaking the survey functions of a major review and assessment of Conservation Impact Investing. He continues to work in the US with federal, state and philanthropic organisations and recently completed a project to identify sustainable funding options for a First Nation Provincial government coastal marine partnership in British Columbia.
Recent publications include a foundational paper on evaluating natural resource interventions in the American Journal of Evaluation, book chapters on performance management and development, and on evaluation of sustainable development and a critical comment on the Canadian Credentialed Evaluator designation. He has developed two evaluation methodologies that are finding welcome audiences for evaluation of sustainable development and natural resource interventions: Rapid Impact Evaluation and the Negotiated Alternative. With Kai Lee of the Packard Foundation he has also developed a theory of change and grantmaking strategy for use-inspired science.
Eric Trum is a Research Assistant at ARCeconomics and has a unique combination of education and experience in anthropology, wildlife biology, and natural resource conservation. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology with a minor in Environmental Studies from Ithaca College and a Master’s degree in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School. Eric has worked with ARCeconomics on several evaluations. He conducted site visits to conservation and restoration projects for an evaluation of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Chesapeake Bay Small Watershed Grants Program. He conducted background research and data collection and analysis on the Packard Foundation’s Coastal Marine Ecosystem-Based Management Initiative and is currently evaluating the economic and environmental effects of Superfund cases, developing an evaluation design for the World Bank, and undertaking an internal assessment of utilization of ARCeconomics evaluations. Eric also manages surveys and reporting for ARCeconomics ongoing monitoring and evaluation systems at Alberta Municipal Affairs, Department of the Interior Office of Collaborative Action and Dispute Resolution, and the EPA Conflict Prevention and Resolution Center.
Eric has over eight years of experience working on a number of field research projects. He has worked on cultural resource management projects throughout the country. He worked for four seasons in New Mexico’s Gila National Forest on an impact study of the federally listed Mexican Spotted Owl conducting surveys and collecting and analyzing habitat data. He recently worked with the US Forest Service conducting stream and riparian habitat surveys throughout the Columbia River and Upper Missouri River watersheds as part of their long-term Pacfish/Infish Biological Opinion (PIBO) Effectiveness Monitoring Program.
Eric currently lives in Helena, Montana where he is active with a number of local conservation organizations.