Since 2003, he focused his evaluation work on international social change networks and organisations and the programmes of major development funders, including ActionAid, CARE International, CIAT, Doen Foundation, Hivos, IDRC, Ford, Oxfam Novib, PSO, the Open Society Institute, UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women, and the World Bank Institute. This work involved assessing the results (at the level of outcomes) of almost 500 NGOs, CBOs, government agencies, multi laterals, research institutes and networks in 143 countries around the world. The areas of work ranged from health, the environment, agriculture, and human rights to art and culture, water and sanitation, peace-building, and ICT for development, amongst others. Through these evaluations, he continued to develop Outcome Harvesting with colleagues for identifying and understanding results in complex circumstances. His organisational development work was primarily in adapting Outcome Mapping to the planning, monitoring and evaluation needs of development organisations and international networks.
Ricardo started his professional career as a factory worker and door-to-door salesman in the USA, surveyor and community development worker in Colombia, publishing executive in the Puerto Rico, field director for the American Friends Service Committee in Guatemala, director of the Latin American Programme of experiential Friends World College, journalist and managing director of Inforpress Centroamericana in Guatemala, senior manager with Greenpeace International in Amsterdam, and foreign aid advisor with Novib, the Dutch Oxfam, in The Hague.