Are we there yet? Applying feminist principles in the design and roll-out of project-level monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) systems.

Session Number: 2932
Track: Feminist Issues in Evaluation
Session Type: Roundtable
Tags: Feminist Evaluation, International development, MEL planning and design, NGO
Session Facilitator: Silvia Grandi [Evaluation Manager - Global Affairs Canada ]
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Clarissa Teixeira [Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist - Care Canada]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Emily Wiseman [Senior Gender Advisor - CARE Canada]
Time: Nov 15, 2019 (10:30 AM - 11:15 AM)
Room: Hilton Marquette VIII

Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

What does it mean in practice to apply feminist principles to a project’s monitoring and evaluation approach? What are some of the methodological, practical and ethical implications of taking a feminist stance while designing a monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) system? What are the benefits and inherent trade-offs of doing so for organizations committed to gender equality and social justice? This participatory session will provide a space for evaluation practitioners, researchers and students to share experiences, learnings and reflections on the “how to” of feminist MEL design.  CARE Canada staff will facilitate discussion, problem-solving and trouble-shooting around these questions, drawing on learnings from co-developing, with partner women’s rights organizations, feminist MEL systems for women’s voice and leadership projects in sub-Saharan Africa, and by modelling feminist principles of self-reflection, co-facilitation, participation, learning and action throughout the session.