Our dedicated Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) division supports our clients and their implementing partners across the globe to undertake independent investigation and evaluation, to design and operationalise MEL systems, and to improve MEL capability. We believe that appropriate and robust MEL inputs help improve the impact and sustainability of development interventions, and increase VFM.
We help funders and implementers ensure MEL addresses accountability, learning, and evaluation needs – while being able to share knowledge and communicate results effectively. We also undertake non-fiduciary compliance and audit work, ensuring programmes operate in accordance with gender, conflict sensitivity, safeguarding and other sector specific guidelines and obligations – while our work on result harvesting supports programmes to adequately capture output and outcome results, and consider the strength of evidence underpinning result claims.
We combine sector knowledge with in-depth MEL experience to advise on and undertake MEL activities at each stage of the programme lifecycle; we use evidence to design new programmes, create Theories of Change, result frameworks (logframes) and VFM metrics, develop and operationalise MEL strategies, systems and tools, and help build capacity of implementing partners. Our independent verification, monitoring and evaluation service also supports partners to measure outcomes and impact, and operationalise payment by results.
We operate at the cutting edge of MEL, continuously experimenting and refining our approaches to meet changing needs and support large, complex, adaptive and politically smart programmes. We have a proven track record of providing ‘real time learning’ support, and measuring hard to measure outcome such as soft power, influence, research uptake and secondary benefits.
Our flagship programmes include the largest MEL contract awarded by HMG to date - the Evaluation and Learning of the £1.2 billion Cross Government Prosperity Fund - and we support the Conflict, Stabilisation and Security Fund in West Africa to improve MEL across its portfolio of programmes in Nigeria, Mali and Sierra Leone.