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.

 

Upcoming course on how to monitor, evaluate and learn on policy influence

[P&I has joined efforts with the On Think Tanks School and will offer its online course on Monitoring, Evaluating and Learning for Think Tanks within the school´s platform. The course starts on September 26th and lasts until November 11th. The fee...Read More »


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.]  

I have come to the conclusion that nearly...Read More »


Outcome Mapping: a liberating tool for program design

[Editor’s note: This post is the third of a series of posts focused on the nitty-gritty of designing and implementing M&E systems by sharing on the ground learning and experience. This series is produced by Dena Lomofsky of Southern Hemisphere

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 Read More »

Seeking a place for Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning within a think tank’s institutional strategy

[Editor’s note: This post was written by Utica Stella, Communication Assistant at the Institute for Public Policy (IPP) from Republic of Moldova. It is part of a series of reflections from participants and facilitators of the Online...Read More »

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...Read More »

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.]

 

Thinking small needs...Read More »


Is influencing policy itself the Holy Grail?

By Linda Bullock at flickr.com under CC

Within current debates on what is policy influence and how to assess whether a policy research  organization has been successful in its efforts or not, there has been recently an increasing acknowledgment of the complexity of this...Read More »


Our need to talk about power & knowledge in evaluation & policy cultures

[Editor’s note: This post was written by Paul R. Kelly, PhD Researcher in Impact, Evaluation & Service Design, Lancaster University, UK. Email: paulrichardkelly@gmail.com.]

Introduction
Welcome attention is now being paid to how evaluations can better engage with and contribute to policy processes, beyond dissemination alone. One example of this trend is

[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.]

While...Read More »


What influences our thinking about MEL on policy influence?

By Anne Adrian under CC at flickr.com

[Editor’s note: This post was written by Kristie Evenson, a research practitioner on development of policy research organizational capacities, based in Croatia and working in the Europe and Eurasia region. It emerges...Read More »


Generating information for decision making: the creation of a monitoring system for the Abre Plan in the province of Santa Fe, Argentina

[Editor’s note: This post is part of a series intended to share results, reflections and what facilitators and participants learned through the development and conduction of the online course “Leaders of change: developing Latin American policymakers´capacity to promote the use of knowledge in policy”.]

 

Several and different efforts are...Read More »


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...Read More »


An active and sustainable organization to promote development

[Editor’s note: This post was written by Elena Polo, Research Analyst at AGENDA Institute, AlbaniaIt  is part of a series of reflections from participants and facilitators of the Online course Re-thinking your Funding Model that took place in 2014, supported by the Think Tank Fund.]

 

Being...Read More »


RAC´s takeaways on how to monitor and evaluate policy influence: the importance of starting small

[Editor’s note: This post was written by Zoryana Kozak, co-founder and Senior Policy Expert of the Resource & Analysis Centre “Society and Environment”, UkraineIt  is part of a series of reflections from participants and facilitators of the Read More »


The L in the M&E&L process

[Editor’s note: This post was written by Vesna Garvanlieva Andonova, Project Mana

 

 ger, Senior Economist at the Center for Economic Analyses – CEA, Macedonia.

[Editor’s note:  This post was written by Albana Rexha, Research Fellow at Group for Legal and Political Studies. This post is part of a series of reflections from participants and facilitators of the Online training to strengthen M&E&L on policy influence...Read More »


e-Reflections on M&E&L and lessons from P&I´s online course

By Anne Davis 773 under CC at flickr.com

Editor’s note:  This post was written by Ulviyya Mikayilova, Policy Unit manager at the Center for Innovations in Education (CIE), from Azerbaijan. In 2013, a small Policy unit on Social Policy was set up at CIE...Read More »


Fostering the use of evaluation and research in policy making: the Presidency's Department of Planning, M&E in South Africa.

[Editor’s note: This post was written by Ian Goldman, Head of Evaluation and Research at Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation of the Presidency of South Africa.]

 

South Africa has had a policy unit in the Presidency for some time, which since the...Read More »


How to use research to improve health programs and services? Lessons from applying a self-assessment tool in institutional settings in three regions in Colombia

[Editor’s Note: This post was written by Luz Helena Sanchez Gomez, MD MPH. She is Executive Director and Senior Researcher at the Colombian Association for Health in the field of Health Policy & Systems.]

 

I work for a small private non for profit health research center dedicated to Health Policy and...Read More »


As the year goes by…our After Action Review

2014 has been a very fruitful year for Politics&Ideas. We have conducted some new and interesting capacity building projects, we were able to test new ideas, and we have participated in very engaging conversations on the topics that inspire us.

We are also very appreciative of the support from the Think...Read More »


How to analyze the results of policy influencing: lessons from a new method under construction

[Editor’s note: This post was written by Juan Fernández Labbé, researcher and coordinator of M&E Unit at RIMISP-Centro Latinoamericano para el Desarrollo Rural, a Chilean think tank.]

 

For some time, the Latin American Center for Rural Development (Centro Latinoamericano para el Desarrollo Rural,...Read More »


Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning as an Organizational Development Process

[Editor’s note: This post was written by Kristie Evenson, a research practitioner on development of policy research organizational capacities, based in Croatia and working in the Europe and Eurasia region.]

The challenges of integrating a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) system into policy research organizations are...Read More »


Implementing an M&E system – a postcard from the trenches

[Editor’s note: This post was written by Mari-Lise du Preez. She served as programme manager at the Governance of Africa’s Resources Programme –  a policy research programme of the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA). She is currently on sabbatical.

Implementing an M&E system – a postcard from...Read More »


Monitoring and evaluation for management

[Editor’s note: This post originally appeared at On Think Tanks. It is part of a series of posts reflecting on a long term mentoring...Read More »


M&E systems: the importance of adopting a systems approach to implementing M&E systems

[Editor’s note: This post is the second of a series of posts focused on the nitty-gritty of designing and implementing M&E systems by sharing on the ground learning and experience. This series is produced by Dena Lomofsky of Southern Hemisphere. The first post can be...Read More »


How can organisations better implement Monitoring and Evaluation plans?

[Editor’s note: This post is the first of a series of posts focused on the nitty-gritty of designing and implementing M&E systems by sharing on the ground learning and experience. This series is produced by Dena Lomofsky of Southern Hemisphere]

Implementing M&E systems is an organisation...Read More »


Cry for help: monitoring, evaluating and learning in the South, how can we do it better?

By kat m research at flickr.com under CC license

Catherine Fisher´s post on our Lessons learned paper as well as Antonio Capillo´s points regarding M&E of capacity building activities have made me reflect more...Read More »


On Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning related to Capacity Building activities (II) – paradoxes and challenges

I have written here on what are the elements of an effective Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) system for capacity building (CB) activities. However, we live in a complex world, which is less boring (more stressing?) also because of its unpredictability. In this post,...Read More »


On Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning of Capacity Building activities – methodologies

[Editor’s note: This post was written by Antonio Capillo, M&E Officer at INASP].

I have already written on this post on

As we end up our first year of life, at P&I we are even more convinced about the value of co-producing knowledge that will allow us to think critically about the relations between ideas, research, and politics to support a more constructive use of research based evidence in policy making.

During 2013 we have:

Produced a...Read More »


Nine challenges towards think tanks evaluation in Latin America

[Editor’s Note: This post was written by Natalia Aquilino, Director of the influence, Monitoring and Evaluation Programme at CIPPEC, with Read More »


Monitoring and evaluation -from our Topic Guide

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The subject of monitoring and evaluation is central to any effort to attempt to improve the connections between policy and research (or politics and ideas). Funders, particularly those focused on funding research, are keen to know if and how the research they funded influenced policy.

In recent years the emphasis has...Read More »


M&E: how can we enhance its perceived value?

Even when it is undeniable that more and more individuals and organizations are getting engaged in diverse types of M&E practices and systems, there is a long road to cover until this area and its members are regarded as true partners by other colleagues. In fact, many new M&E tools...Read More »


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