The Monitoring, evaluation & learning (MEL) system represents another key innovation of this project since it strives to a) combine quantitative and qualitative data and b) clearly and explicitly use the outputs to learn internally so as to adapt the following years work; in other words it seeks to ensure that RESILIM-O adopts a social learning process internally as well as ‘externally’.
In summary, the MEL plan for RESILIM-O is a mixture of indicator-based and narrative based methods that complement each other and combine to create an integrated, credible but flexible M&E process that can track the complexity of the programme and its objectives. It is designed to capture not only programme performance and account to stakeholders but also to optimise learning, thus forming an important feedback loop into the complex adaptive system comprised by the programme. This framework is an experiment in integrating traditional and alternative M&E models and must be considered an ongoing ‘work in progress’ to be refined on an annual basis.
The important elements include:
1) Results framework: The sets out the outputs, outcomes for each of the objectives and key activities and success indicators. In effect this is the scaffold for the detail that is given in the indicator protocol.
a. Indicator protocol. This outlines a protocol for implementation- monitoring against targets, quality assurance and disaggregation of data against success indicators
2) Process documentation and narration: This involves an analysis of all field work, meetings, stakeholder and internal engagements in order to track perceptions, understanding and practices as narrated by people. Additionally this will place a strong focus on internal reflections and learning.
3) Monthly and quarterly reports: These bring together the findings from both of the above to engagements throughout the annual cycle which culminate in an annual reflection and planning for the following year.