Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning

P&I and contributors promote the development and implementation of viable practices of monitoring, evalu­ating and learning as a smart strategy to strengthen how research can better interact with pub­lic policy. We are keen on learning from Southern institutions that have pioneered in this field and from Northern institutions that can provide us with new ideas on how to tackle this challenge with few resources and incipient capacity.

 

Capacity development in both evaluation & communication: proven benefits and future directions

[This blog post was written by Ricardo Ramirez & Dal Brodhead, Principal Investigators of the project Designing Evaluation and Communication for Impact (DECI)]

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GOOD evaluation engages with POWER

[Editor’s note: This post was written by Zenda Ofir, South African scientist, independent international evaluator, and knowledge management specialist. The piece was originally published at Zenda's new blog Evaluation for Development, which P&I strongly recommends.]  

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Free webinar: Monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) of policy influence: are the results worth the effort?

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Monitoring, evaluation and learning to manage and implement research projects at think tanks

[Editor’s note: This post was written by Rezarta Delibashzade, Project management/Researcher at the Democracy for Development Institute (D4D)  from Kosovo. It is part of a series of reflections from participants and facilitators of the Online training to strengthen Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning on policy influence, supported by the Think Tank Fund and the Think Tank Initiative.]

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M&E&L for a think tank: test drive or driving test?

[Editor’s note: This post was written by Andriy Andrusevych, Senior Policy Expert at the Resource & Analysis Center “Society and Environment” from Ukraine. It is part of a series of reflections from participants and facilitators of the Online training to strengthen Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning on policy influence, supported by the Think Tank Fund and the Think Tank Initiative.]

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A look-back into a MEL online training: an opportunity to challenge the assumptions about your daily work

[Editor’s note: This post was written by Dražen Hoffmann, Researcher of GONG from Croatia. It is part of a series of reflections from participants and facilitators of the Online training to strengthen Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning on policy influence, supported by the Think Tank Fund and the Think Tank Initiative.]

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Reflections on developing a MEL framework

[Editor's note: This post was written by Dena Lomofsky from of Southern Hemisphere. It emerges from reflection from P&I´s online course on Monitoring, evaluating and learning on policy influence, supported by the Think Tank Fund and the Think Tank Initiative.]

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Starting from where you are to evaluate, monitor and learn from policy influence: is it that simple?

Many policy research organizations are grappling with how to assess their policy influence in a sustainable, viable and meaningful manner. Some of them have tried to develop monitoring and evaluation methods with the aid of experts and/or donors but many of them failed to really implement and use these systems for many reasons: they become too time consuming, the type of indicators are too rigid for the different programs, they end up with reports that no one uses in terms of decision-making, etc.

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