Present or lead a session!

Thank you for your interest in presenting at MERL Tech DC! MERL Tech is a community-driven conference. We’re actively seeking practitioners in monitoring, evaluation, research, learning, data science and technology to facilitate every session.

  • Discussions around good practice and evidence-based review
  • Workshops with practical, hands-on exercises
  • Discussion and sharing on how to address methodological aspects such as rigor, bias, and construct validity in MERL Tech approaches
  • Future-focused thought provoking ideas and examples
  • Conversations about ethics, inclusion and responsible policy and practice in MERL Tech

Submission Deadline: Friday, May 12, 2017

Session leads receive priority for the available seats at MERL Tech and a discounted registration fee. You will hear back from us in early June and, if selected, you will be asked to submit the final session title, summary and outline by June 30.

MERL Tech is dedicated to creating a safe, inclusive, welcoming and harassment-free experience for everyone. Please review our Code of Conduct. Session submissions are reviewed by our steering committee.

What We’re Looking For:

  • Discussion sessions that explore complex MERL Tech challenges and emerging good practice
  • Workshop sessions with practical, hands-on exercises and approaches
  • Lightning Talks to showcase new ideas or to share focused results or learning
  • Posters to share research, learning and case studies on MERL Tech
  • Demo Tables to share MERL Tech approaches, tools, and technologies 

To get you thinking — we’d love to explore aspects like:

  • Experiences (positive, negative and mixed) using ICTs, social media and big data approaches in MERL efforts — evaluation and evidence-based reviews or comparisons of MERL/MERL Tech methods; hands-on / experiential workshops on successful approaches
  • Use of digital data and/or real-time data for program monitoring and decision-making; use of data produced by digital aspects of program activities for MERL purposes; adaptive management approaches and collaborative learning approaches; MERL on programs that have digital components/ICT4D programs/ tech for transparency/etc.
  • Experiences, examples, challenges and concerns with responsible data policy and practice in MERL; open data and data sharing in MERL; data privacy issues and how to address them; informed consent, unintended consequences and duty of care aspects; experiences and policies that help move organizations towards more responsible management
  • Case studies that explore areas such as selection and implementation of new tools and/or approaches; open sharing of challenges, success, failures, nuances and adaptations when introducing new ICTs into organizational or evaluative processes
  • The future of MERL: How are new ICTs, social media, digital data, big data, machine learning, data science approaches, emerging technologies, artificial intelligence and other emerging innovations and new ICTs changing MERL? How are these shifts changing development and decision making overall? What are the implications?

Submit your session ideas by May 12th!

Questions? Contact Linda Raftree.