IPA Malawi Presents on Impact Evaluations at Monitoring & Evaluation Workshop

IPA Malawi Presents on Impact Evaluations at Monitoring & Evaluation Workshop

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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&amp;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&amp;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&amp;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&amp;E practitioners in Malawi to strengthen the practice and evidence base. More information on The Kauniuni Forum and its future events coming soon.