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MEL Forum

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Forum

Regular sharing and learning on M&E related issues between UK-based development organisations



As part of IMA International’s ongoing MEL forum, Guy Sharrock, Senior Advisor for Learning at Catholic Relief Services generously offered to facilitate an event on ‘Embedding Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability & Learning Policies and Procedures in Agency Practice’. The event was kindly hosted by International Alert in London in October 2017 and attended by M&E staff from a wide range of NGOs.



There was an air of anticipation when Guy Sharrock facilitated a practical and thought provoking workshop for IMA’s London MEL Forum on Evaluative Thinking, last month.  International Alert kindly hosted us; 25 M&E staff from a wide range of NGOs.
The Catholic Relief Service (CRS) where Guy Sharrock is Senior Learning Adviser, has used this process for two years now and as he says, ‘they are just beginning to see its true potential when it comes to doing things differently’.  The participants, and I include myself, could be accused of hoping evaluative thinking (ET) was going to be a magic bullet that would solve our project management issues. However Guy was quick to point out it is not.    He reminded us the real world is messy; ‘what NGOs get funding to do and the reality we deal with are two different things’.  Expect the unexpected and we are closer to what might happen, especially in his view the M&E tools we have are not always fit for purpose.  What we plan for our project and how we implement it can really be quite different.
Guy’s PP slides and our ET video of the event are in the resources section below.