Operationalizing Project Monitoring Evaluation and Learning Plans – operationalizing systems for optimal evaluation and learning

Session Number: 1330
Track: Organizational Learning & Evaluation Capacity Building
Session Type: Skill-Building Workshop
Session Facilitator: Katarzyna Kedzia
Time: Nov 02, 2018 (08:00 AM - 09:00 AM)
Room: CC - Global Center Ballroom B

Other Authors: a second author will be Christopher Gegenheimer
Audience Level: Advanced

Session Abstract (150 words): 

Decisions and adaption ultimately comes down to choices and understanding, with confidence, that the data you are looking at provides a sound basis to adjust and invest resources. As evaluators, we often deal with data captured by monitoring systems which are designed to collect data but not always designed to enable adaptation and learning. If the program is not grounded in at least a basic theory of change, we grapple with how to utilize data when conducting an evaluation. The intent of the session is to impart practical advice and tools for operationalizing M&E ststem with evaluation in mind, and tips on implementing systems that facilitate learning. In essence, this is how to operationalize a theory of change to regularly collect data for tracking the progress, and create buy-in from non-M&E staff. The second part of the session will focus on how proper system set up and empowerment of all staff, especially non-M&E staff, creates a better platform for ongoing learning and build momentum and political will for making hard decisions. Participants will walk away with examples and tools (templates, checklists, and guidelines) for their use in practically linking theories of change to data collection and learning.