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How can MEL Tools lead Adaptive Management?

Session Number: 2395
Track: International and Cross Cultural Evaluation
Session Type: Panel
Tags: adaptive management, Consortium Evaluation, Dance and Health, donor agency, MEL approach, USAID
Session Chair: Kerry Bruce [Executive Vice President - Social Impact]
Presenter 1: Kerry Bruce [Executive Vice President - Social Impact]
Presenter 2: Salman Ayaz Jaffer [Senior Program Director - Social Impact]
Presenter 3: Jonathan Beloe [Director- Adaptive Programs - International Rescue Committee]
Presenter 4: Dan McClure [Thought Works]
Time: Nov 02, 2018 (08:00 AM - 09:00 AM)
Room: Hilton - Center St. Meeting Room A

Abstract 1 Title: Defining Adaptive Rigor
Presentation Abstract 1:

For the purposes of the GLAM Consortium the partners developed the idea of “adaptive rigor.”  This concept has seven key principles.  These principles and the practice of adaptive rigor to date will be described.  There will be an opportunity to discuss how these opportunities could be more widely practiced by both DFID and USAID.


Abstract 2 Title: MEL Tools and Adaptive Management in the USAID Context
Presentation Abstract 2:

Under the ADS201 revisions launched in 2016, USAID enshrined its approach to Adaptive Management and Collaborating, Learning and Adapting.  While there are well defined monitoring and evaluation processes that are widely used within USAID, there is a question about which MEL tools and approaches are most likely to promote adaptive management. Further, there is great interest in which contextual levers can enhance adaptive practices.  This presentation will review the work of the GLAM consortium to date from the USAID perspective to understand how to apply the concept of adaptive rigor to strengthen development practice.


Abstract 3 Title: How MEL technology drives Adaptive Management in humanitarian settings
Presentation Abstract 3:

Technology and the use of digital tools for MEL will be key in shortening the feedback loops that allow for faster decision making.  GLAM is aiming to make better use of technology to aid with adaptive management, which is critical in the humanitarian sector.  This presentation will cover the lessons learned to date in this area and the next steps in using digital MEL tools to improve development effectiveness.


Abstract 4 Title: MEL Tools and practices from the tech sector for Adaptive Management – what applies in development?
Presentation Abstract 4:

Adaptive management practices in the development space could potentially learn a great deal from the technology sector and specifically approaches to project design and adaptation.  One approach that GLAM will research and adapt is how MEL tools can allow development actors to be more nimble and agile in their approaches and how this can lead to the best development outcomes.  This presentation will cover the approaches that are being considered and how they are being applied.


Audience Level: Intermediate

Session Abstract (150 words): 

In early 2018 – the Global Learning for Adaptive Management (GLAM) Consortium launched its work.  GLAM is a research partnership between the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), the Institute for Development Studies (IDS), Oxford Policy Management (OPM), Social Impact (SI), International Rescue Committee (IRC), Oxfam and ThoughtWorks. This jointly DFID/USAID funded initiative aims to provide an evidence-based, innovative platform to use MEL tools as a starting point for adaptive management. GLAM will provide technical and strategic support to develop, test and disseminate MEL models appropriate to the needs and opportunities of adaptive management of development and humanitarian programs.  This panel will describe the early activities of the consortium, including findings from the baseline study and the early work in developing and using MEL tools that can lead our Adaptive Management practice in development.



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