The Relevance of Monitoring Evaluation and Learning (MEL) to driving transformation through local financing initiatives for development.

Panel Discussion | Online

About the Event

This session seeks to engage grant giving entities who interact with local/community level organisations in order to discuss /understand the actual or potential role of Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) to identify/support/drive transformational change. Some areas for exploration include: the role that MEL play in organization's grant-making strategy for community-level organizations; how does your organization define transformational change within the context of community-level initiatives; examples of transformational outcomes that have been identified or achieved through MEL processes; tools and methods employed to assess the impact and effectiveness of funded projects at the community level; mechanisms to ensure that MEL approaches are participatory, contextually appropriate, and inclusive of diverse stakeholder perspectives.


Name Title Biography
Odane Brooks Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist to the Boosting Innovation, Growth and Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Programme at the Development Bank of Jamaica Mr. Brooks has an MSc International Public Policy and Development management from the University of the West Indies,Mona. He previously worked with the Charities Authority of Jamaica, DCFS, as a Policy and Research Officer and then with the Ministry of Industry Investment and Commerce as a Commerce Policy Analyst.
Rhian Holder Senior Manager, Social Development/Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Jamaica Social Investment Fund Ms Holder has a MA (Dist.) Heritage Studies from UWI Mona, and is a development professional with over 20 years of immersion in project and programme management, monitoring & evaluation. In her current role with the JSIF, she has oversight for the World Bank portfolios, manages the M&E Unit, and provides technical support to project teams on social development matters and project design.
Stephanie Mathew Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Global Green Growth Initiative, St Lucia Miss Mathew is an international development professional with five years' experience in project management and monitoring and evaluation. She has supported monitoring activities for projects related to green entrepreneurship, climate finance and sustainable agriculture across both national government and international organizations. The key activities supported have included MEL Framework development, survey design and data collection and analysis. She has an academic background in International Trade and Economic Development.


Name Title Biography
Dr. Arlene Bailey Snr Research Fellow, SALISES, University of the West Indies, Mona Dr Arlene Bailey, is a Senior Research Fellow at the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES), and Associate Dean for Research and Innovation in the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona. Arlene's research areas include information and communication technologies (ICTs) for development, community and social informatics.

Topics and Themes

Evaluators Evaluation Comissioners Evaluation users Decision makers VOPEs / Evaluation networks Civil Society Evaluation and transformational change: balancing ambition and realism Evaluation Networks Governance Public Policy

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