Social Impact Measurement

Locally-led MEL Week: A Loop, not a Line: Engaging Beneficiaries in Dissemination and Feedback by Brooke Hill

My name is Brooke Hill and I am an international development evaluation expert, with a focus on large-scale quantitative surveys throughout the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. In a typical evaluation, my workplan includes at least one dissemination and feedback workshop. Participants typically include the client or donor, government officials, and sector experts. While these …

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Locally-led MEL Week: Four Lessons on Localising CLA by Abhirup Bhunia

My name is Abhirup Bhunia, and I am an international development Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Expert. I have worked on MEL and Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA; adaptive management) mandates across sectors for several years with many bilateral/multilateral institutions including USAID, United Kingdom’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and …

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Locally-led MEL Week: Localization in Research and Evaluation: a Challenging but Worthwhile Journey to Sustainable Development by Phuong Pham

Hi, I’m Phuong Pham. In my current role as Research Director for the USAID Learns activity, I lead a team providing research services to USAID/Vietnam and its implementing partners. We try to ensure that our values around engaging local stakeholders in evidence generation and use, and prioritizing local voices in our work spread to our …

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Locally-led MEL Week: Adding Introspection to Practice: Reflecting on the Impact of Colonization and Patriarchy in Evaluation by Tanya A. Garnett

Hi, I’m Tanya A. Garnett. Decades of research have provided the evidence base that social norms, and particularly gender inequality, lead to divergent development outcomes.  There is a body of literature that details the myriad ways development actors, including practitioners and evaluators, ignore the complex social realities in which they operate, however, many actors continue …

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Locally-led MEL Week: Connecting to the Implementer Early in Evaluation by Femi Gisanrin

My name is Femi Gisanrin, and I have spent the past 12 years providing monitoring, evaluation, and learning support to donors and implementers across Nigeria. These experiences have led me to reflect on the importance of engaging the implementer in evaluation and how inclusion impacts the effectiveness of our work. The implementers and other stakeholders …

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Locally-led MEL Week: Contextual Dive into the Barriers, Gaps, and Levels of MEL Capacity Development Frameworks by Saqib Mehmood Khan, Adeel Iqbal, and Nainan Nawaz

Hi – we are Saqib Khan, Adeel Iqbal, and Nainan Nawaz, a team of monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) professionals working with VTT Global, a boutique consulting firm dedicated to advancing monitoring and evaluation practices across diverse sectors. In this post, we will discuss existing MEL Capacity building practices and their dynamics in Pakistan’s context. …

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Locally-led MEL Week: Welcome to an Exploration of Locally-led MEL in International Development by Katie Sciarini

I’m Katie Sciarini, a Technical Specialist with Social Impact Inc.’s Strategy, Performance and Learning Division coming to you from a humanitarian assistance and Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL)-focused background, including seven years based outside of the United States. Welcome to AEA 365’s theme week focused on locally-led MEL in international development, aligned to the upcoming …

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SIM TIG Week: Evaluative Thinking and Public Policy: Taking Advantage of Opportunities by Courtney Bolinson and John Sherman

There is an opportunity to further ensure public policies include evaluative thinking and practice. Should we take advantage of it? We—Courtney Bolinson and John Sherman, independent evaluators, Social Impact TIG chair and steering group member—firmly, say “yes.” The opportunity: The federal Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed rules to require publicly-traded companies (think about companies in …

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SIM TIG Week: Evaluating the Return on Investment of Social Inclusion by Ben Fowler and Erin Markel

Hi, we are Ben Fowler and Erin Markel, CEO and Chief Growth Officer respectively at MarketShare Associates (MSA), a global social impact consulting company. There is growing recognition of the private sector’s enormous potential to create (as well as to threaten) social impact.  However, a range of issues have traditionally challenged the ability of those …

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SIM TIG Week: Ventures at the Helm by Laura Budzyna

Hi everyone! I’m Laura Budzyna, and I’m an independent consultant focused on impact measurement and management. Last year, Karim Harji , Penny Hawkins, Heather Hachigian and I set out to create a guide that would help social ventures (also referred to as social enterprises) choose the right impact measurement and management (IMM) approach for their …

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