Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Learning

The Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Learning (MERL) component of USAID RESILIM-O aims to promote learning and accountability using a hybrid framework that includes monitoring and evaluation against intended outputs and outcomes (as quantitative indicators), but which also leaves space for more qualitative monitoring and evaluation through process documentation, case studies and qualitative indicators. This hybrid approach recognises that development work takes place in complex, open socio-ecological systems, where inherent uncertainties make it difficult to track progress simply according to predetermined targets.

It has become increasingly clear through discussions with other MERL practitioners that the hybrid MERL framework used in USAID RESILIM O is in many respects pioneering, and that AWARD is quite far advanced in putting the theory of complexity-aware MERL into practice.

We have therefore focused attention on both reflecting on and communicating our approach to the broader environmental and development community.