A Learning Approach to Monitoring and Evaluation
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This article draws on literature from both monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and organisational learning to explore synergies between these two fields in support of organisational performance. Two insights from the organisational learning literature are that organisations learn through ‘double?loop’ learning: reflecting on experience and using this to question critically underlying assumptions; and that power relations within an organisation will influence what and whose learning is valued and shared. This article identifies four incentives that can help link M&E with organisational learning: the incentive to learn why; the incentive to learn from below; the incentive to learn collaboratively; and the incentive to take risks. Two key elements are required to support these incentives: (1) establishing and promoting an ‘evaluative culture’ within an organisation; and (2) having accountability relationships where value is placed on learning ‘why’, as well as on learning from mistakes, which requires trust.
CitationOswald, K. and Taylor, P. (2010) A Learning Approach to Monitoring and Evaluation. IDS Bulletin 41(6): 114-120
Is part of seriesIDS Bulletin Vol. 41 Nos. 6
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- Volume 41. Issue 6