Complex Contribution - using the Actor-Based Change Framework to conduct contribution analysis as an internal MEL tool

Session Number: 1924
Track: Internal Evaluation
Session Type: Demonstration
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Mark Oldenbeuving [Senior Manager - Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning - Integrity]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Andrew Peter Koleros [Researcher - Mathematica Policy Research]
Time: Nov 14, 2019 (10:30 AM - 11:15 AM)
Room: CC M100 B

Other Authors: Asmatullah Khan - Deputy Team Leader and Monitoring and Evaluation Director, Empowerment, Voice and Accountability for Better Health and Nutrition.

Lamia Renaud - Associate, Research, Monitoring and Evalation, Palladium
Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

In this session we will demonstrate how we used the Actor-based Change (ABC) Framework to conduct contribution analysis on an empowerment and accountability program in Pakistan. We will first show how we used the ABC Framework to develop actor-based theories of change to guide analysis and help unpack the complexity of the program. We will then discuss the data requirements for the contribution analysis and how the comprehensive MEL system of the program, designed using the ABC Framework, was instrumental to the successful implementation of the contribution analysis. Finally, we share our experiences in implementing contribution analysis as an internal MEL method, explaining the benefits and pitfalls of this approach.