USAID El Salvador Learning Event Emphasizes Collaboration and Looking Back to Look Forward
The importance of USAID implementing partners (IPs) working together to garner better results was emphasized at a USAID/El Salvador Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Initiative (ME&L El Salvador) mentoring session on Feb. 14, 2019. More than 40 participants from 20 IPs attended the session.
Opening the day-long event in San Salvador, ME&L El Salvador Chief of Party Randal Thompson spoke on the importance of collaboration and invited participants to schedule meetings to contribute to increased collaboration. Ms. Mira Ibrisimovic an international knowledge management and learning expert with broad experience in USAID-funded activities conducted the session.
The session detailed the importance of the “Lessons Learned” section in quarterly and annual reports—pointing out that it is a reporting space USAID projects can use to describe the iterative process of interventions. In doing so, this section details knowledge captured during technical delivery. It creates a mechanism to study lessons learned from delivered interventions—information vital not only for ongoing implementation, but also for future effective and efficient USAID programming.
Aside from reporting results achieved, explaining ongoing activities, and outlining planned tasks, the session explained how USAID reporting can be useful and compelling learning tools to document lessons learned and detail the way projects impact the host country’s journey to self-reliance.
Participants explored how USAID recognizes that this kind of looking back to look forward is the principle driver for adaptive management, that it improves evidence-based decision making, and catalyzes better implementation and future programming.
USAID/El Salvador awarded ME&A the ME&L El Salvador task order in 2016 under the Policy, Planning and Learning-Learning, Evaluation and Research (PPL-LER) IDIQ Contract to provide evaluation, monitoring, and assessment services for USAID Missions and Offices worldwide.