Friday, 13.30-14.00

How to buy M&E software and not get bamboozled! Josh Mandell, DevResults.
There’s no way to guarantee M&E software will work for your team, but there are some very simple things you can do during procurement and add to your contracts that protect your team and position you for optimal user experience. How do you ensure your system will work as promised? How do you establish clear roles and expectations between you and your technology partner? How do you hold your technology partner accountable for poor user experience? How do you avoid burning money on unused software? In this lightning talk, Josh Mandell will share the best practices that DevResults has learned over the years (the hard way) and make clear recommendations for teams buying software from any software vendor.

Session Speaker:

Josh Mandell supports strategy and sales at DevResults, where his role is geared towards understanding the needs of the international development community and getting tools in their hands to help them achieve measurable results. Prior to DevResults, Josh worked on international education and training projects funded by the U.S. State Department, USAID, and various foreign governments. First at AED and later as an independent consultant, he coordinated operations for several education initiatives in Baghdad, Iraq. While earning his MPA from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service, Josh focused on the intersection of technology and monitoring and evaluation. See Josh’s full bio here.Learn more about Josh here, on Twitter @joshuajmandell and at DevResults.