Thursday, 9.30-10.15 (Academy Hall)

Developing a MERL Tech Maturity Model. Maliha Khan, Independent Consultant
What would a MERL Tech Maturity Model look like? Can we create a visual model that would enable us to evaluate ourselves according to our capacity to make responsible and informed choices about how, when, where and why to use technology and digital data approaches for MERL? At this interactive session we’ll discuss and begin defining some parameters for the wider field of digital data and technology-enabled MERL approaches.

Session Level:

Beginner, intermediate, advanced

Session Details:

Maliha will give an introduction to the idea of a MERL Tech Maturity Model. In their tables, participants will work together to develop a model and to define the model’s stages — from least to most mature — and identify what would be happening at each stage

The model could be a diagram, a scale or continuum, a pyramid, or some other kind of model that shows various stages of a MERL Tech maturity process. 

Participants will:

  • Name their model something creative to help people remember it
  • Select a representative or two from the table who will take the drawing out to the gallery (the hallway outside of Academy Hall). They will consider the other models and cluster similar ideas together and hang them up in the 12 spaces, creating a “MERL Tech Maturity Model Gallery”
  • During the break and the rest of the day, everyone should pass through the gallery and comment on the models. They’ll take a photo of the model that they like the best or that speaks to them the most and use this for one of the next sessions.

Session Leads:

Maliha Khan, Independent. MERL Tech London Organising Team and Selection Committee. Maliha is a development practitioner in the fields of monitoring and evaluation and learning and accountability and has led in these functions for CARE USA and Oxfam America. She has been responsible for leading internal teams that provide technical support, maintain standards, lead innovation and provide thought leadership in the organizations. She has provided strategic support in these areas to Nike Foundation/Girl Hub and is currently playing that role for Rockefeller Foundation where she is leading the M&E and measurement work for their resilience portfolio. Prior to joining CARE, Dr. Khan was an associate professor of Sustainable Development at World Learning’s SIT Graduate Institute where she taught development professionals program design, monitoring and evaluation amongst other things. She has worked as a consultant for a variety of iNGOs, Foundations, bilateral, multilateral and government organizations. Maliha is from Pakistan, where she started her career implementing development projects. See Maliha’s full bio here and follow her on Twitter at @malihkhan.