Following the application of I4DI’s framework for integrated staff competency development to increase capacity in design, monitoring and evaluation (DME) in July 2016, World Vision Ghana (WV Ghana) has actively pursued implementation of the DME capacity development strategy in continued collaboration with I4DI. As part of the competence development process, I4DI and WV Ghana conceptualized a study tour visit to Washington DC. In this two-week experiential learning program, I4DI has aimed to further build capacity for organizational effectiveness in areas such as development of organizational learning agenda, proposal writing, approaches to networking, partnering, facilitation, and guidance for the overarching monitoring, evaluation, research and learning (MERL) strategy for the WV Ghana National Office.
Richard Okai, Program Effectiveness Director and Benjamin Yeboah, Planning Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist at WV Ghana have engaged with I4DI’s experts in Washington, D.C. by having conceptual discussions and structured learning exercises that are aimed at expanding knowledge, skills and enhancing systems thinking. Specifically, I4DI assisted the WV Ghana team to utilize theory of change methodologies more effectively with inductive and deductive approaches, implement strategy review through process mapping, and acquire opportunities for in-person interactions with various Washington D.C.-based development organizations such as Counterpart International, The World Bank Group, and The United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
I4DI has facilitated live learning sessions to demonstrate how a national office should be contributing to the MERL strategies in each of WV Ghana’s areas of focus. I4DI has also advised WV Ghana about how to reconsider cross-cutting outcomes that are influenced by the operations of their existing sectors to make their processes more efficient. Utilizing guided relationship-building and contact strategies, the WV Ghana team was supported in networking with development actors and were granted exposure to a variety of tactics and best practices being used for monitoring and evaluation in the development arena. I4DI also provided guidance on effective facilitation and learning techniques that will be used to build upon the knowledge base of WV Ghana employees and to ensure effective and sustainable knowledge management procedures.
The WV Ghana team will be utilizing their new insights for developing their first overarching, integrated MERL strategy at a national level.