The literature on how to monitor, evaluate and learn (MEL) about policy influence is abundant. However, instructions on specific practices, particularly in developing countries, are quite scarce. This short course helps participants to sift through the key frameworks and look at benefits and challenges, in a way that is practical for their own organisation, big or small.
This is also an opportunity to think, rethink or formalise current MEL practices. Organisations should avoid seeing these as a luxury; it is not a practice that only those with large budgets or with the specific support of a donor can afford. Each organisation can trace its own unique path. MEL is an intelligent and promising investment, which will no doubt bear fruit sooner rather than later.
The background note produced for this course explores these issues further and gives readers access to further resources.
Selected articles and resources:
- MEL for think tanks. On Think Tank Series
- CIPPEC (2010) Handbook on monitoring, evaluating and managing knowledge for policy influence
- Mendizabal, E. (2013) A monitoring and evaluation activity for all think tanks: Ask what explains your reach. On Think Tanks
- Mendizabal, E. (2013). Monitoring and evaluation: Lessons from Latin American think tanks. On Think Tanks
- Lomofsky, D., Mendizabal, E, Knezovich, J. (2017) Monitoring, evaluation and learning digital dashboard for IFAD. On Think Tanks