Developing effective, inclusive and gender responsive MEAL systems
Dear EvalForward members,
In this forum we focus on evaluation but in my experience if programmes / projects have a good MEL – Monitoring Evaluation and Learning or MEAL - Monitoring Evaluation Accountability and Learning system, the independent evaluation could take advantage of it: evaluation could focus more on the reflection and learning aspects, by spending less time and resources on collecting data and information.
However, often MEL/MEAL systems are limited to compliance, outcomes and impact, and rarely include cross cutting issues such as gender and leave-no-one behind principles.
I would like to hear your thoughts on:
- How can we develop effective and inclusive MEAL systems?
- What are the constraints and how to address them?
I work mostly in emergency settings, so I am interested in this area but welcome your feedback on either emergency or development, including agriculture and rural development.