IPA Malawi Presents on Impact Evaluations at Monitoring & Evaluation Workshop
On June 11-13, 2019 the USAID/Malawi MELS Project, implemented by IBTCI, convened over 40 Malawian M&E practitioners in Lilongwe for an annual learning workshop on the “State of Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning.” The workshop this year had four objectives:
<ol><li>Update the Malawian M&E practitioners on the state of Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) and USAID expectations to date. </li>
<li>Explore impact evaluations and share experiences in using outcomes for future implementation.</li>
<li>Facilitate a discussion on analytical frameworks and share experiences and lessons learned around using data for action. </li>
<li>Come together to create a formal Malawi M&E Community of Practice.</li>
IPA Malawi Country Representative <a href="/people/patrick-baxter">Patrick Baxter</a> presented at an impact evaluation workshop during the event, giving a presentation on the importance of rigorous evaluation and an introduction to randomized evaluations. After the presentation, he also participated in a plenary panel discussing common challenges surrounding impact evaluations and responding to audience questions.
At the end of the three days, the workshop participants voted on a new name for the community of practice, along with an updated mission statement. From now on the Malawi M&E Community of Practice will be known as “The Kauniuni Forum” with an inclusive mission statement:
<em>To convene Monitoring and Evaluation practitioners across Malawi, and build individual’s and firm’s capacity in the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning sector.</em>
Going forward The Kauniuni Forum will continue to be resourced by the USAID/Malawi MELS Project and continue to convene all M&E practitioners in Malawi to strengthen the practice and evidence base. More information on The Kauniuni Forum and its future events coming soon.