Balanced Design Monitoring Evaluation, Research and Learning (BalanceD-MERL)
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I4DI partnered with USAID’s U.S. Global Development Lab to provide support and enhance USAID Mission Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning capacity. The rr consortium is a cooperative agreement with a ceiling of $5 million designated for providing technical assistance, co-creating, and co-designing development solutions that bring innovation into how monitoring, evaluation, research and learning (MERL) is understood and implemented in the international development sector. The consortium produced guidance on ensuring D-MERL systems are balanced (relevant, right-sized, responsible, trustworthy), developed rapid assessment tools and a balancing checklist, and conducted case studies utilizing the new approach.
The outcomes of this work include the successful design and implementation of a monitoring, evaluation, research and learning (MERL) system for the USAID / Gap Inc. Women and Water Global Development Alliance, a baseline outcome evaluation for the same program, and end-line evaluation for the USAID Global Health Ebola Team in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.