New technologies are creating a data-driven revolution in monitoring development programs and evaluating short and long-term impact, resulting in more responsive, adaptive, and impactful management. These advances also raise a new set of challenges for our field, in terms of quality, capacity, ethics, and security.
- Where once enumerators used paper surveys, mobile data collection is the norm, resulting in new insights, but also data overload and survey fatigue.
- Mobile phones are now commonplace, and their data exhaust is creating new impact measurement opportunities, but also ethical and privacy challenges.
- Soon sensors will be collecting data remotely, creating a whole new level of awareness, but also measurement bias and security risks.
As technology is changing the M&E operating environment, the M&E field itself is morphing from monitoring and evaluating, to include robust research on effectiveness, and a focus on organizational learning. M&E is becoming MERL, and blurring the lines between traditional ‘M&E’, and program management, including using new data-based insights to continuously adapt and improve interventions in real time.
Please register now for MERL Tech, the 2015 edition of the M&E Tech conference. On October 16th, FHI 360, Mercy Corps, and TechChange invite you to join over 275 of your peers and colleagues at Academy Hall in Washington, DC for a deep exploration of four big questions:
- What does & doesn’t work when using technology in MERL?
- How can Big/Open Data and dashboards improve decision making?
- What are the privacy, security and ethical issues inherent with MERL data?
- Which enterprise-level indicators and IT systems should we be using?
Like last year, MERL Tech will be a community-driven event. Please submit your ideas for presentations and session topics in one of these four areas. Presenters and session leads will play a central role in developing the event and have their ticket costs refunded.
We will be charging a modest fee to better allocate seats this year, after 700 people tried to RSVP for M&E Tech last year. We still expect to sell out quickly, so buy your tickets or demo tables now. Event proceeds will be used to cover event costs and to offer travel stipends for select participants implementing MERL activities in developing countries.
8:30-5:30pm, Friday, October 16th
MERL Tech Reception
5:30-7:30pm, Friday, October 16th
FHI 360 Academy Hall
1825 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20009