Creative’s M&E Champions gain skills for better programming

 

April 18, 2019

Fifteen staff from 12 countries gathered in Turkey to hone their skills to measure and evaluate progress on Creative’s programs at the first Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Summit.

“Our goal as monitoring and evaluation experts is to measure progress on Creative’s mission…We strongly believe in implementing a collaborative platform to achieve learning together.”

Maby Palmisano, Director of Design, Monitoring and Evaluation

As part of Creative’s new initiative to build a cadre of M&E Champions, participants gained skills in data for decision-making, geo-mapping and ways to support collaborating, learning and adapting to continually improve programs.

“Our goal as monitoring and evaluation experts is to measure progress on Creative’s mission to support people around the world to realize the positive change they seek. We strongly believe in implementing a collaborative platform to achieve learning together,” says Maby Palmisano, Creative’s Director of Design, Monitoring and Evaluation, explaining the reason for the summit.

As the M&E Champions go back to their programs, we asked some of them what they had learned and how they will apply it to improve their monitoring, evaluation and learning efforts.

Biruk Tessema, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Director, READ II, Ethiopia

What is one thing you learned at the summit that you plan to implement in your project?

The summit was well organized, good scale and solid content in presentations. It has helped me to enrich my understandings in contemporary monitoring, evaluation and learning developments.

What was your favorite or the most valuable thing about the summit?

It is the perfect size for strong collaboration. It gave me the opportunity to understand HQ objectives for strong collaboration with field staffs. This will give us the power to drive monitoring, evaluation and learning activities in our respective fields.

Celestine Procter, Senior Strategic Advisor for Stabilization and Development

What was your favorite or the most valuable thing about the summit?

For me one of the fundamentals that came out is that from a programming perspective we are often guilty of excluding M&E from the decision-making processes from the very inception of the proposal to implementation in the field. 

I think for me the most important thing at the strategic level is how we can learn and leverage across our programs and need to strive to do this regularly as it makes us better implementers. 

Sayed Akhtar Sadat, Monitoring and Evaluation Manager, Afghan Children Read

What is one thing you learned at the summit that you plan to implement in your project?

Establishing a Community of Practice with members from implementing partners to hold meetings regularly and to share knowledge, experience and challenges for learning and taking immediate remedial actions. This is important given the fact that contextual factors and situation in Afghanistan is pretty much volatile and things can change overnight.

What was your favorite or the most valuable thing about the summit?

Sharing of knowledge and experience about M&E activities from different context, projects and countries

Anthony Guevara, Information & Reporting Officer, Syria

What is one thing you learned at the summit that you plan to implement in your project?

There are a variety of CLA (collaborating, learning, adapting) techniques that we are starting to push through in program to make sure we are communicating properly between the different teams, that we are learning from our experiences, and that we are retaining institutional knowledge and that this knowledge is being disseminated.

What was your favorite or the most valuable thing about the summit?

My favorite thing at the summit was a workshop that was given about GIS (geographic information systems), which can be a valuable tool for both analyzing and presenting data geographically. Our program team was really excited about it and we’re starting to implement some of it. We want to get more training on this.

Chijioke Ogbogu, Program Officer, USAID Reacting to Early Warning and Response Data Project (REWARD) in West Africa

What is one thing you learned at the summit that you plan to implement in your project?

The importance of collaborating, learning and adapting to enhance current and future projects as well as preserve institutional memory. 

What was your favorite or the most valuable thing about the summit?

Monitoring and data are beyond just gathering data. M&E officers are decision makers.

Siaka Ouédraogo, Monitoring and Evaluation Associate, Partnerships for Peace (P4P) in West Africa

What is one thing you learned at the summit that you plan to implement in your project?

I do appreciate the presentations, some of which I am willing to implement for my project: Social Network Analysis and Most Significant change approach. After the summit, I proposed an action plan to the lead of M&E of our project about the use of MEDAL (Creative’s online M&E database) and UNICET (for social network analysis).  

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