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Case: Wouter Bolding and Yvonne Es (Oxfam Novib) - Providing feedback on monitoring results to stimulate learning

DESCRIPTION OF THE CASE

Title case: Providing feedback on monitoring results to stimulate learning

Subject of the monitoring and/or evaluation:
My Rights, My Voice (MRMV) is a global programme that aims to engage marginalised children and youth in their rights to health and education services. The work builds on the foundations of existing health and education projects, but with a new focus of working WITH young men and women, girls and boys. This emphasis on youth and children as active citizens is central to all of our work with these very diverse groups and individuals to strengthen their awareness of and ability to demand their rights. Gender justice is at the heart of what we do and we will work to increase awareness and participation of girls’ and young women in decisions affecting their lives, and in supporting them in becoming active citizens.

Eight country projects make up the programme: Mali, Niger, Tanzania, Georgia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal and Vietnam. MRMV is a joint affiliate programme involving Oxfam GB and Oxfam Novib, and Oxfam Quebec in the case of the Niger project, and funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). In the presentation we will focus on the day-to-day monitoring of outcomes in the country projects:

  • The role of providing feedback by the Oxfam MEAL officer on monitoring reports:
    • downward accountability
    •  stimulate short local level learning loops to adapt project activities
    • The results of feedback to country office staff:
      • Awareness of Oxfam staff for behavioural change
      • Creation of demand by Oxfam staff for outcome monitoring tools
      • Increased downward accountability towards local level stakeholders
      •  Moving away from rigid implementation of agreed working plans to regular adaption of working plans and improvisation.
      • More frequent testing of the assumptions underlying the global ToC.

Areas for discussion:

  • How to institutionalise this focus on change vs. focus on outputs?
  • What instruments/tools are there for day-to-day monitoring of outcomes? Tools like Most Significant Change, surveys etc. are all high investment interventions (time, costs) at limited intervals in a project cycle. While Outcome Mapping is very labour intensive.

PROFILE CASE OWNERS

Name of case owner:
Wouter Bolding

Organisation:
Oxfam Novib

Country:
The Netherlands

Current function:
Global Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Advisor My Rights, My Voice  (MRMV)

Your role in this utilisation case:
Responsible for MEL in the MRMV programme

Other relevant experiences/background:
Wouter Bolding has a Master’s degree in Cultural Anthropology (Utrecht University). He has a rich experience in policy development and programme management including monitoring and evaluation in the field of Education and sexual and Reproductive Health Right with the UN and Oxfam. He has developed the MEAL system for the My Rights, My Voice Programme. This multi country programme started in 2011 and focuses on youth as active citizens. He is a member of the Oxfam International (17 Oxfams) MEL in Campaigns Community of Practice.

Name of case owner:
Yvonne Es

Organisation:
Oxfam Novib

Country:
The Netherlands

Current function:
Oxfam Novib Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Advisor

Your role in this utilisation case:
Member Steering Committee MRMV

Other relevant experiences/background:
Yvonne Es holds a Masters’ degree in Cultural Anthropology and Sociology of Non-Western Societies (VU university, Amsterdam).  Her experience in the area of monitoring and evaluation includes setting up monitoring and evaluation systems for Oxfam Novib and the Oxfam confederation,  impact assessment, evaluation management of country and thematic evaluations and providing MEL support to Oxfam Novib’s  country offices. She is and a member of a member of the Oxfam International (17 Oxfams) MEL in Campaigns Community of Practice. She is also a Member of the Internal Reference Group for the Joint MFS-2 Evaluation ( concerning  19 coalitions of Dutch NGOs).