April 29, 2020
By Russ Debenport
Kristen Check and Rodney Green, both with Compassion International, recently facilitated Accord members in a discussion on how Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) can adapt in the age of COVID-19 and serve as a powerful tool to better address new realities caused by the pandemic.
Webinar participants completed a series of polling questions to show how they are adjusting their M&E practices to COVID-19 realities. A majority of participants expressed that they have had to adapt their approaches while only a small minority has had to discontinue their M&E efforts. 52% of participants expressed that their M&E workload has increased due to COVID-19.
Several trends are being reported across the Accord Research Alliance from various organizations. These trends include:
Rebecca Mentzer with HOPE International shared about the increasing importance of listening to current realities and proactively asking new questions around items they may need to understand moving forward – basically trying to gather information to answer today’s questions and tomorrow’s questions. Dr. Subodh Kumar with Food for the Hungry (FH) shared how they are responding to COVID-19 based on multiple future scenarios, as outlined in this paper by McKinsey & Co. FH is also actively repurposing M&E staff to produce predictive analysis about the possible future spread of the virus in their field countries.
Finally, the facilitators reminded participants of M&E fundamentals to keep in mind during the crisis:
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