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CDI Conference: Improving the use of M&E processes and findings

Mar. 20, 2014 - Mar. 21, 2014

On the 20th and 21st of March 2014 CDI organized her annual 'M&E on the cutting edge' conference on the topic: 'Improving the Use of M&E Processes and Findings’.

This conference is part of our series of yearly ‘M&E on the cutting edge’ events. The conference was held on the 20th and 21st of March 2014 in Wageningen, the Netherlands. This conference particularly looked at under what conditions the use of M&E processes and findings can be improved. The conference report can now be accessed here.

Conference participants had the opportunity to learn about:

  • frameworks to understand utilisation of monitoring and evaluation findings and process;
  • different types of utilisation of monitoring and evaluation process and findings, when and for whom these are relevant;
  • conditions that improve utilisation of monitoring and evaluation processes and findings.

Marlène Läubli Loud (DPhil) provided a keynote on the current state of affairs regarding utilisation of M&E processes and findings. The second speakers, Ismail Akhalwaya and Carlo Bakker, addressed in their keynote how the Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) in the Presidency of South Africa came into being. During the case study round Mr. Akhalwaya and Mr. Bakker zoomed in on monitoring the quality of management practices, one of the focus areas of the DPME.  In the third keynote CDI presented a framework for the conference so as to better understand utilisation of M&E processes and findings and how this can be enhanced.

Case studies helped participants ground inspiring ideas in imperfect realities. Cases focussed on the following core questions:

  • Prior to implementing monitoring and/or evaluation, what were the intended uses (findings and/or process) and for which intended users?
  • What was the actual use of M&E processes and findings, and by whom?
  • Was there a difference between intended and actual use?
  • If yes, what conditions improved or hindered utilisation and for who?

Confirmed cases include:

  • Dal Brodhead and Ricardo Ramírez (New Economy Development Group): DECI as a case study: Learning our way into utilization focused evaluation.
  • Ismail Akhalwaya (DPME) and Carlo Bakker (IMPEC): Executive monitoring of the quality of management practices in South Africa – Using a self-assessment methodology to drive improvements in management practices.
  • Alexander Erich (GIZ Evaluation Office): Fostering change in GIZ through evaluation management
  • Sef Slootweg (Advisor at CEFOD): From Desire to The Deed: The world of difference between understanding and implementing result based planning, monitoring and evaluation in a highly qualified capacity building organisation.
  • Annemarieke de Bruin (Stockholm Environment Institute): Embedding monitoring and evaluation in the workflow of staff
  • Wouter Bolding and Yvonne Es (Oxfam Novib): Providing feedback on monitoring results to stimulate learning.
  • Gabriela Pérez-Yarahuán (Universidad Iberoamericana): Evaluation influence on accountability and government performance. The case of the evaluations of Mexico’s social development programs.
  • Daniel Shephard and Simon Bailey (Aflatoun): Combining Utilization Focused and Developmental Evaluation: The Case of the Aflateen Social and Financial Education Program for Youth
  • Dr. Ibrahim Khadar (CTA): Capacity-centred Impact Pathway Analysis (CcIPA): Design, Testing and use through collaborative case studies

On day 2, utilisation of M&E process and findings were looked at from different perspectives so as to deepen our understanding about the conditions needed to improve the use of M&E processes and findings. We currently have the following perspectives: ‘readiness and mentoring: two touchstones for capacity development in the evaluation’ (by Dal Brodhead and Ricardo Ramirez); 'governance of M&E - how do we manage and balance all the demands?'(by Karel Chambille); 'rethinking knowledge management as a stimulant to improving the use of monitoring and evaluation processes and findings' (Sylvester Dickson Baguma).

This conference is for strategy managers, CSR managers, policy makers, M&E managers, evaluators, M&E commissioners, researchers, those with M&E and/or results based management responsibilities.

On the right-hand side you can find the flyer of this conference, a link for registration, directions to the conference location and links to more information about the cases, keynote speakers and other resources. More information about the conference will be provided at the Conference Group page on this portal, which will present the latest information on the conference. Please create an account and join the group to be able to access information about the programme, the keynote speakers, the cases, and an annotated bibliography as soon as these are available. After the conference, keynote speeches, case descriptions, a conference report, videos and photographs will be made available in this group page.

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On behalf of the organising committee:

Centre for Development Innovation (CDI), Wageningen University & Research centre;
Learning by Design; GIZ, Corporate Unit Monitoring and Evaluation; HIVOS and ICCO.

Location: Hof van Wageningen, Lawickse Allee 7, Wageningen, the Netherlands
Date: 20-21 March 2014

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