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Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning

 

On this page we answer the question, what is Monitoring and Evaluation and Learning?  We explain why we think it’s important and our approach.

You can also view our related training courses and news.  We also offer consultancy, facilitation and coaching on this subject.

 

 

WHAT 'MONITORING, EVALUATION AND LEARNING' MEANS TO US:

 

Accepting that circumstances and factors surrounding social interventions and projects tend to be dynamic and emergent requires a major focus on learning. We understand MEL as the reflection-action learning processes happening during and after any social intervention aimed at maximizing contribution to transformative changes, including implementing organisations’ changes.  "Not everything that can be counted counts…not everything that counts can be counted."  W. Bruce Cameron.

 

 

 

 

 

WHY WE THINK IT’S IMPORTANT:

 

From a learning perspective, MEL participation of different stakeholders – understood as methods, tools, approaches, practices and attitudes – is not just considered a “good practice” but actually constitutes a core, pragmatic principle to inform processes of organisational learning and decision making. Since knowledge is to be created by actors on the ground, programmes need to be informed by stakeholders’ interpretation and participation in making sense of their experiences.

We believe that our role as evaluators is to facilitate collaborative processes that are empowering and contribute to a sense of ownership for stakeholders.

In our experience, when introducing a participatory and facilitative approach to reflection and data collection, new insights and learning will emerge which are of direct and immediate use to the stakeholders involved, so that the outcome of the evaluation is not limited to the report and accountability to funders and donors.

 

 


 

OUR APPROACH:

 

In our MEL activities we focus our attention on data and information coming from participatory processes from grassroots for decision making and learning at organisational level.

We use different evaluation frameworks such as casual frameworks including logframes and Theory of Change (ToC), Participatory Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning; contribution frameworks, such as Outcome Mapping and Process Tracing, as well as gender analysis approaches with intersectional perspectives which are closely linked with evaluation frameworks around power asymmetries. 

In our work we apply a wide range of technical skills for social research, including qualitative and quantitative tools to aid data generation, and collective and multi-stakeholder analysis and sense making. We particularly favour transformative participatory tools that are oriented in reflection and action.

 

 

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  • WHY: To build practitioners’ self-awareness, confidence and skills in their service as accountable decision-makers.
  • WHO: IMA International
  • WHAT: Training course
  • HOW: 5 days workshop
  • WHERE: Bangkok
  • WHEN: November 2018

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  • WHY: To increase the transparency and openness of development resource flows.
  • WHO: International Aid Transparency Initiative
  • WHAT: Ten years since the International Aid Transparency Initiative set up.
  • HOW: By bringing together governments, multilateral institutions, private sector and civil society organisations.

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  • WHY: To champion improvements in the country’s shrimp fisheries management
  • WHO: FAO Brazil
  • WHAT: Consultancy
  • HOW: 5 days tarining
  • WHERE: Brazil
  • WHEN: 26 - 30 November 2018

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  • WHY: To enable those responsible for project or programme-level M&E benefit from the latest M&E thinking and practice, including results approaches.
  • WHO: 15 participants
  • WHAT: Monitoring and Evaluation
  • HOW: 5/10 days workshop
  • WHERE: Cape Town
  • WHEN: October 2018

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  • WHY: To support a step-wise guide for the implementation of international legal and policy instruments related to deep sea fisheries and biodiversity conservation in areas beyond national jurisdiction.
  • WHO: University of Strathclyde / FAO’s Legal Office / Fisheries Specialists
  • HOW: Consultancy/ Workshop
  • WHERE: Bangkok
  • WHEN: November 2018

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Value for Money training in London

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Tags: Value for Money, Training, NEF, London

Website: https://neweconomics.org

  • WHY: To introduce the in-depth exploration and practical applications of different tools including multi-criteria analysis and multi criteria decision-making, CBA, SROI and bottom line outcomes.
  • WHO: IMA International / New Economics Foundation
  • WHAT: Training course
  • HOW: 5 days workshop
  • WHERE: London
  • WHEN: 29 October 2018

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  • WHY: To look collectively at how the Caritas network in this region can share and use its rich knowledge. To explore knowledge management, better understand key concepts, share cases, challenges and to develop good practice
  • WHO: 17 representatives from Caritas organisations in Europe
  • WHAT: KM training
  • HOW: 2 days workshop
  • WHERE: Prague
  • WHEN: October 2018

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  • WHY: To foster a cohort of regional FARE trainers able to deliver the FARE course nationally and in the region.
  • WHO: Fisheries and Aquaculture Response to Emergency (FARE)
  • WHAT: Hands-on continuous mini-session practice
  • HOW: 3 days workshop
  • WHERE: Caribbean
  • WHEN: October 2018

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  • WHY: To bring the whole APEFE headquarters team together to learn about knowledge management.
  • WHO: APEFE
  • WHAT: KM training
  • HOW: 5 days workshop
  • WHERE: Brussels/Belgium
  • WHEN: October 2018

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  • WHY: To explore how to implement IMA´s Theory of Change approach and tool in the GP planning and M&E System.
  • WHO: Greenpeace
  • WHAT: Theory of Change training
  • HOW: 2 days workshop
  • WHERE: Spain
  • WHEN: June 2018

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  • WHY: To develop further a training workshop content to ensure improved legal management of fisheries and the environment in areas beyond national jurisdiction
  • WHO: Chris Grose (IMA) with FAO Rome (legal and fisheries) and Strathclyde University staff
  • WHAT: Writeshop on Deep Sea Fisheries Law in Practice
  • HOW: Writeshop facilitated by IMA over a two day period producing a written document and plan of action
  • WHERE: FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy
  • WHEN: 21 - 22 June, 2018

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A Results Based Management and Training of Trainers workshop in Lesotho

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Tags: Consultancy, Results-Based Management, Training

Website: http://www.gov.ls/gov_webportal/ministries/development%20planning/dev_planning.html

  • WHAT: Lesotho Data for Sustainable Development Project
  • WHERE: Lesotho
  • WHEN: October 2017

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