How can MEL support adaptive management needed for resilience programming

Session Number: 2393
Track: International and Cross Cultural Evaluation
Session Type: Roundtable
Tags: adaptive management, emergency response, evaluation culture, International and Cross Cultural Evaluat, International development, learning, Resilience
Session Facilitator: Diana Picon [Resilience and Adaptive Management Senior Specialist - Mercy Corps]
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Ben Murphy [Senior Consultant - Itad]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Sonia Moldovan [Senior Technical Lead Monitoring Evaluation and Learning - Mercy Corps]
Time: Nov 15, 2019 (10:30 AM - 11:15 AM)
Room: CC M100 H

Audience Level: Intermediate

Session Abstract (150 words): 

Resilience – the set of capacities that enable people to survive, respond, and even thrive in the face of shocks and stresses – has been adopted by many international development actors to protect development gains in where constant threats are faced. While an evidence-base on resilience strengthening framework (what works, when, and how) has been built, there is a limited knowledge on how resilience programmers can be supported to make systematic, iterative, and timely decisions –establishing an adaptive management (AM) approach.

AM has emerged as a ‘must’ in resilience programming, and has challenged professionals on improving the use of information provided by resilience monitoring, evaluation and learning (RMEL) tools. The scoping study we conducted focused on Mercy Corps’ resilience programs experience in trying to use RMEL to navigate complexities, respond to sudden changes and manage uncertainty in their operations, while exploring gaps in MEL practice that are still barriers in resilience programming.