Consultant Profile


Philip Crook

Areas of Consultancy:
Censuses and surveys

Region of consultancy:


Development statistician


I am a professional statistician, having spent 30 years in the UK Government Statistical Service. As a young man I spent 6½ years in the Seychelles statistics office, and from 1989 moved into development statistics with DFID (Department for International Development UK). I resigned from DFID in 2007 in order to accompany my wife on her postings with the British Council. I have done consultancy work for the World Bank, OECD, DFID, UNDP, GIZ, Particip GmBH, GFA Consulting Group and Oxford Policy Management. I am fully familiar with the Sustainable Development Goals, Targets and Indicators, including their shortcomings, and the major international statistical development initiatives


My principal interest nowadays is in the way data (qualitative and quantitative) and statistics are used for monitoring and evaluation of development projects, and in particular the construction of realistic and timely monitoring systems. My other area of interest relates to National Statistical Development Strategies and the revitalisation of statistical systems in developing countries, particularly with the launch of the post-2015 agenda. My strength is in communicating with non-statisticians and in quickly understanding the essence of a development programme, leading to effective indicators of progress.