Learning about Monitoring & Evaluation

Improve International

By Susan Davis, Executive Director, Improve International

Last week I attended the 1st Pan-Asia-Africa Learn MandE Conference in Bangkok.  (M & E = monitoring and evaluation; in this case it was for international development programs).  The conference was well organized and there was a good mix of implementing organizations, academics, donors, and a few software folks.  I liked the size of the conference because all of us were able to attend all the sessions – no rushing around to other rooms to find particular topics of interest.

Marla Smith-Nilson and I presented on the Accountability Forum / WASH Sustainability Rating.  We were surprised to find that we were among the very few people talking about 1) independent evaluations and 2) doing evaluations years after program completion.

Other presenters talked about a dizzying array of acronyms, methods and buzzwords – results based monitoring, outcome mapping, data flow diagrams, causality, value…

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