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Thursday, September 6 • 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Hard Talk: Adaptive Management - is MERL helping or hindering its potential for success?

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Adaptive Management: Is MERL helping or hindering its potential for success?

Adaptive Management is this year’s must-have accessory for any development programme – but is it living up to its potential, why aren’t more programs adopting it, what happens when it goes wrong?

DIAL (the Digital Impact Alliance) will be hosting a fun, interactive, panel show to look at the above questions through a MERL Tech lens.

The panelists, with help from the audience will challenge some common myths and debate the key questions:
  • Where is Adaptive Management being adopted and what successes and failures are we seeing?
  • To what degree does our integration of MERL technologies help or hinder taking a more adaptive approach?
  • How can the MERL Tech community do more to help adoption and success of adaptive approaches – and should we be doing this?

Adaptive Management and MERL Resources
Adapting Aid case studies from Mercy Corps and IRC (2016) - https://www.mercycorps.org/research/adaptive-management-case-studies

Making M&E work for adaptive management requires strategic skills (INTRAC, May 2018) - https://www.intrac.org/making-work-adaptive-management-requires-strategic-skills/

Monitoring and evaluation: five reality checks for adaptive management (ODI, Dec 2017) - https://www.odi.org/comment/10588-monitoring-and-evaluation-five-reality-checks-adaptive-management

USAID Learning Lab: https://usaidlearninglab.org/node/14636 -- has both monitoring toolkit and evaluation toolkit

Harvard PDIA in practice series - notes and a podcast series https://bsc.cid.harvard.edu/pdia-practice-series

 Oxfam AM rules of thumb (June 2018) https://oxfamblogs.org/fp2p/seven-rules-of-thumb-for-adaptive-management-what-do-you-think/

 The fashion for agile management is spreading (The Economist, July 2018) https://www.economist.com/business/2018/07/05/the-fashion-for-agile-management-is-spreading?cid1=cust/ddnew/email/n/n/2018079n/owned/n/n/ddnew/n/n/n/nNA/Daily_Dispatch/email&etear=dailydispatch&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily_Dispatch&utm_term=2018079

 How can Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning support adaptive management? (July 2018) https://oxfamblogs.org/fp2p/simplicity-accountability-and-relationships-three-ways-to-ensure-mel-supports-adaptive-management/

 How USAID can bridge the disconnect between its procurement process and evidence (July 2018) https://www.cgdev.org/blog/usaid-thinks-about-procurement-and-program-design-it-should-keep-evidence-mind

 How can we support the Adaptive Development Community?https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1NQm-21WlTGmojVAXUJak_Bd21ogneuJ6

Innovations in evaluation: How to choose, develop and support them (May 2018) https://www.betterevaluation.org/sites/default/files/Innovations%20in%20evaluation_BetterEvaluation-UNICEF-EvalSDGs.pdf

Email mhaikin@digitalimpactalliance.org to add your resource

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Dave Algoso

Open CoLab
Dave Algoso is a social change strategist, organizer, facilitator, and consultant at large. He's advised NGOs like Mercy Corps and Oxfam America, and donor agencies like UNICEF, the World Bank, and USAID. His new project is called Open CoLab.
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Amanda Berman

Monitoring Officer, Johns Hopkins CCP
Amanda works for the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP) as a Monitoring Officer in the Research & Evaluation division. She has worked extensively in digital health and GIS – from mobile data collection to app creation, SMS surveys and spatial analysis – in an... Read More →
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Julia Coffman

Director, Center for Evaluation Innovation
Julia Coffman founded the Center for Evaluation Innovation. She has more than 20 years of experience as an evaluator, and now specializes in the evaluation of advocacy, public policy, and systems change efforts. For 15 years Julia worked with the Harvard Family Research Project... Read More →
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Matt Haikin

Manager, Insights and Impact, Digital Impact Alliance
I have been active in social-tech for 20+ years and an ICT4D researcher, practitioner and evaluator since 2011.I now work at DIAL where I am helping frame and undertake our research with a particular interest on engaging with and supporting local digital-development ecosystems in... Read More →
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Laura O'Brien

Senior Manager, MEL, Digital Impact Alliance
I am particularly interested in the MERL of technology in the international development context, and how adaptive management can be integrated to responsibly support these programs.
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Veronica Olazabal

None, None
Veronica Olazabal, Director of Measurement, Evaluation and Organizational Performance at The Rockefeller Foundation is an award-winning impact measurement and management expert with a professional portfolio ranging 15 years and four continents (Africa, Asia, North and South America... Read More →

Thursday September 6, 2018 1:00pm - 1:50pm EDT
Academy Hall Main Room 1825 Connecticut Avenue NW, 8th Floor, Washington, DC 20009