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Thursday, September 28 • 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Improving Ongoing Programmatic Decision-making: Innovations in Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning

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While standard approaches to Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) work well for many development projects, including those at USAID, when specific outputs and outcomes are not as easily identifiable up front, and where change might happen in a non-linear manner, these standard tools can fall short. This is especially true for projects operating in highly complex environments, where the best approach to the development problem is not well recognized, and project managers must adapt the project design over the course of the project. Join us for a discussion on whether and how technological and methodological innovations in Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning (MERL), can better enable real-time, evidence-informed decision-making. This discussion will feature the conceptual underpinnings for MERL innovations, organizations supporting use of such innovative methods, users of such methods, and how USAID is promoting the use of these innovations in the Agency and development community more broadly.

Moderators
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Joshua Kaufman

Director, Office of Evaluation and Impact Assessment, U.S. Global Development Lab, USAID
Joshua Kaufman serves as the Acting Director of the Center for Agency Integration, and Director of the Office of Evaluation and Impact Assessment in USAID’s Global Development Lab. Prior to joining the Lab, Kaufman served as deputy director of the Agency’s Office of Innovation and Development Alliances. Having joined USAID in 1996, Kaufman worked for many years in the... Read More →

Speakers
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Sarah Bieber

Director, Scaling Off-Grid Energy Grand Challenge for Development, U.S. Global Development Lab, USAID
Sarah Bieber is the director of the Scaling Off-Grid Energy Grand Challenge at the U.S. Global Development Lab at USAID—a multi-donor platform to mobilize private investment in the off-grid energy sector in sub-Saharan Africa. |   | Her career is based on the conviction that innovative technology and business models can deliver solutions that... Read More →
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Neil Buddy Shah

CEO & Founding Partner, IDinsight
Dr. Neil Buddy Shah is the CEO of IDinsight and provides significant evaluation, policy, and management expertise. Buddy has overseen IDinsight engagements in governance, health, sanitation, education and finance across Africa and Asia. He has worked previously at the World Bank&rsquo... Read More →
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Patrick Sommerville

Managing Director, LINC
Patrick Sommerville, Managing Director, is an experienced project manager, leader, and technical innovator in local systems strengthening.Working with hundreds of local organizations in more than fifteen countries for nearly two decades, Mr. Sommerville has developed an intimate... Read More →
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Michael Woolcock

Lead Social Scientist, Lecturer in Public Policy, World Bank, Harvard Kennedy School
Michael Woolcock, Lecturer in Public Policy, is Lead Social Development Specialist with the World Bank's Development Research Group in Washington, D.C. His current work focuses on interactions between customary and state legal systems, conducted as part of the World Bank's global 'Justice for the Poor' program (which he co-founded), and strategies for assessing complex social interventions. His most recent books... Read More →


Thursday September 28, 2017 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Continental Room B Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center