Who we are

Leitmotiv was created in 2009 by professionals working in development and evaluation.

Since then, we have gained a wealth of experience evaluating development and advocacy interventions implemented by Spanish and international NGOs, public administrations and multilaterals. We have also supported numerous national and international actors through capacity-building processes and technical assistance.

We have grown in numbers as well as experience — from three to six women partners in a decade, and an extensive network of collaborators and sister companies with whom we work, share, learn and grow.

What defines us

We are a women’s cooperative who believe in collective knowledge. We bring different but complementary knowledge and experiences in terms of skills and awareness.

We have chosen a non-profit social-enterprise model that keeps our co-workers, our clients and the people they work with at the centre.

We promote evaluation and learning-based processes that can help our client institutions to better understand their results and improve their interventions. We are deeply invested in growing our knowledge and sharing what we learn.

We believe that excellence and rigour in our work are compatible with closeness and empathy with our clients.

We craft a specifically tailored process for each project and see these as unique learning opportunities.

Our team

We are a small flexible team with a worldwide network of friends and collaborators who
help us widen our knowledge, experience and perspectives.

More about us

Carmen Manaute Oliva

Law graduate, expert in Public Policy Evaluation with a Master’s in International Cooperation and Development from the Complutense University of Madrid. My professional career has been focused on the field of development cooperation and social action from the perspective of different national and international public and private actors and international organisations. In 2006 I began my experience in the field of evaluation, with a particular interest in promoting learning and reflection. I have conducted evaluations and case studies in different sectors including education, health, economic development and advocacy. My background in project and programme management gives me a real-world understanding of the design and implementation processes and multiple other factors that influence the changes that development interventions seek to promote.

María Delgado Rodríguez-Caso

A  Law  graduate,  I  specialised  in  international  protection  of  human  rights.   Over  the 20 years of my professional career I have gained experience in different fields and worked as a policy advisor for many different national and international organisations. Since 2009 I have been working in evaluation of international development cooperation and advocacy projects and initiatives. These many years working in the field of evaluation have allowed me to explore a range of approaches and methodologies, mainly qualitative, such as process tracing, contribution analysis and outcome harvesting. I am particularly interested in the complexity of transformative processes and policy change initiatives that promote equity and equal rights, areas in which I feel particularly committed and comfortable.


Cristina Santillan Idoate

I have a degree in Contemporary History, a diploma in Humanitarian Action and a Master’s in Gender and Development. I have been working since 1999 in international cooperation for development and local social action, supporting processes of research, evaluation, capacity-building, and strategic thinking and planning. I bring to the organisations with which I collaborate my experience and knowledge in the gender-feminist approach and women’s rights, as well as participatory and inclusive working methods.

Sonia Tomás Llop

Degree in Psychology and master’s in Gender and Development from the Complutense University of Madrid. For over 20 years, I have been working in the field of international cooperation for development and humanitarian action with different institutions, mainly in Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Spain. My main areas of expertise are the promotion of women’s rights, the design and development of gender strategies, and gender equality in policies, programmes and projects. A significant part of my work has been focused on gender violence and violence against children supporting institutions such as UNICEF, UNFPA, UN Women and Doctors of the World, among others, in the development of strategies, evaluation exercises and participatory research.

Eva Otero Candelera

Degree in Communication Sciences and is a gender expert. I have more than 20 years of experience in the field of international development cooperation and advocacy campaigns. During these two decades I have worked with international NGOs and multilateral organizations, both at headquarters and in the field, in different parts of the world. Since 2009 I have been a partner at Leitmotiv where I have acquired a solid background in consulting, especially in training, evaluations and the facilitation of reflection processes and strategic programming, both locally, regionally and globally. My commitment and expertise is social research (especially evaluations) with a gender perspective.


Itzíar Gómez Carrasco

Master’s in Political Science from the University of Edinburgh, doctorate in Development Studies from the University of Sussex and master’s in International Cooperation from the Complutense University of Madrid. For the past 17 years I have been working in the field of international development cooperation with international organisations (European Union, United Nations agencies) and NGOs, supporting projects on human rights, food security, local development and civil society in more than 25 countries. I combine my consulting activities with my collaboration with universities as a lecturer and researcher on issues relating to the third sector and social entrepreneurship.