Process Monitoring of Impacts: A USAID Illustration of a Systemic Design and Monitoring Technique

Session Number: 1544
Track: Systems in Evaluation
Session Type: Demonstration
Tags: monitoring & evaluation, Program Design, Systems Thinking
Session Facilitator: Heather Britt [Senior Monitoring Evaluation and Learning Advisor - EnCompass, LLC.]
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Heather Britt [Senior Monitoring Evaluation and Learning Advisor - EnCompass, LLC.]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Jackie Greene [Social Solutions International]
Third Author or Discussion Group Leader: Richard Hummelbrunner [OEAR Regionalberatung]
Time: Oct 29, 2016 (09:45 AM - 10:30 AM)
Room: International North B

Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract: 

Process Monitoring of Impacts (PMI) is an integrated project design and monitoring approach that incorporates systems concepts to support iterative design and adaptive management.  PMI works best where the project is a mix of predictable and unpredictable, complicated and complex elements. PMI helps planners and managers identify processes required to achieve desired results then observe whether and how those processes take place.  Results-producing processes describe how results at one level in a logic model are used by specific actors to achieve results at another level. A PMI- enhanced logic model captures predicted elements of the project and context while identifying two important sources of unpredictability: 1) contextual factors that may influence the project, and 2) diverse perspectives on the development problem and its solution.  The PMI monitoring system incorporates complexity-aware principles to strengthen project monitoring.  Monitoring data updates the logic model during implementation, thus supporting iterative design and adaptive management.