MERL Tech DC
September 7-8, 2017
Digital data and new media and information technologies are changing monitoring, evaluation, research and learning (MERL). The past five years have seen technology-enabled MERL growing by leaps and bounds. From adaptive management and ‘developmental evaluation; to faster, higher quality data collection; to remote data gathering through sensors and self-reporting by mobile; to big data and social media analytics; to story-triggered methodologies — the field is in constant flux with emerging methods, tools and approaches.
Alongside these new initiatives, we are seeing increasing documentation and assessment of technology-enabled MERL initiatives. Good practice guidelines are emerging and agency-level efforts are making new initiatives easier to start, build on and improve. The swarm of ethical questions related to these new methods and approaches has spurred greater attention to areas such as responsible data practice and the development of policies, guidelines and minimum ethical standards for digital data.
Championing the above is a growing and diversifying community of MERL practitioners, assembling from a variety of fields; hailing from a range of starting points; espousing different core frameworks and methodological approaches; and representing innovative field implementers, independent evaluators, and those at HQ that drive and promote institutional policy and practice.
Please sign up to present, register to attend, or reserve a demo table for MERL Tech DC, where we’ll bring this community together for 2 days of in-depth sharing and exploration of what’s been happening across this multidisciplinary field.
Register now to join 300 of your peers in debating what we’ve been learning, complex barriers that still need resolving, and the possibilities and the challenges that our field needs to address as we move ahead.
MERL Tech is a community-driven event, and we are actively seeking proposals for sessions. Submit your ideas here! Session leads receive a 50% discount on tickets.
You can also showcase your MERL innovation at a demonstration table in the center of the event venue.
MERL Tech DC Conference
Thursday and Friday, September 7th-8th
FHI 360 Academy Hall
1825 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20009
MERL Tech DC Reception
Friday, September 8th