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An argument for M&E rather than planning in development work

  • Is M&E more important than design in development programme?*

The central argument of Owen Barder is that all complex problems (i.e.,
development challenges that matter) are solved by evolution and not by
design. Thus, variation and selection and feedback loops are the key to
success. Have a look for yourself by clicking here Development Complexity
and Evolution <http://media.owen.org/Evolution/player.html> or going to
http://media.owen.org/Evolution/player.html.

For us, I guess it means good M&E *design* in the proposal is a critical
factor for success! :-)

Nice presentation, but a little frustrating if you want to get to the nub
quickly!

Regards
Grant



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Liked the presentation, design is of course important in M&E but
impact evaluation during and after implementation of the program is
extremely important for making it successful so that mistakes and
drawbacks can be rectified.

/Karabi

On Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 3:51 PM, <hedon@hedon.info> wrote:
>
> *Is M&E more important than design in development programme?*
>
> The central argument of =A0Owen Barder is that all complex problems (i.e.=
,
> development challenges that matter) are solved by evolution and not by
> design. Thus, variation and selection and feedback loops are the key to
> success. Have a look for yourself by clicking here Development Complexity
> and Evolution <http://media.owen.org/Evolution/player.html> or going to
> http://media.owen.org/Evolution/player.html.
>
> For us, I guess it means good M&E *design* in the proposal is a critical
> factor for success! :-)
>
> Nice presentation, but a little frustrating if you want to get to the nub
> quickly!
>
> Regards
> Grant
>
>
>
> --
> *Miriam HANSEN MEng*
> Community Coordinator | *HEDON Household Energy Network*
> ***T: *+44-(0)20 30 120 130 | *M:* +44-(0)7595 715820
> *Website*: support.hedon.info *| Online platform:* www.hedon.info
> PO Box 900, London, Bromley, BR1 9FF, UK
>
> Visit our online journal *Boiling Point*<http://www.hedon.info/BoilingPoi=
nt> |
> Join our* London meet up <http://www.hedon.info/LondonRIG>*
>
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> HEDON MandESIG - Established in September 2008, MandESIG connects all tho=
se engaged in the monitoring and evaluation of household energy projects in=
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I listened to this through, and some of the findings are really =
extraordinary - but for me, the examples did not always fit the =
'findings' that he produced.=20

For example, the huge health benefits were done by publicising what =
people should be expecting / demanding - NOT by getting feedback from =
the users. It was 'awareness-raising' that seemed to be the driver. This =
ties in with a paper presented by Ros Tamming, of Concern Worldwide, =
about health benefits in Bangladesh having much greater uptake once =
people were aware of their rights (R. Tamming, Concern Worldwide, Dublin =
-=E2=80=98Using An Urban Health Partnership Programme In Bangladesh To =
Improve Equity And Access To Services=E2=80=99).=20

Secondly, I would question whether it is true that most NGOs do not =
measure impact in socio-economic terms. We certainly worked with the =
cooks to find out what they wanted - then helped to optimise the =
situation to fit their needs, and sought out impacts through =
questionnaires and discussions - in terms of socio-economic benefits, =
smoke reduction etc. in follow up.=20

Finally, does anyone else feel that it is also a little simplistic, =
maybe, to say 'because he solved his nozzle problem by trial and error, =
then all complex problems should be solved this way' - perhaps better to =
say that it is one of a number of options. Another situation might be =
well-served by a mathematical model, saying 'In reality, does this =
happen?....Yes...... Good, it fits the mathematical model I have created =
- now I can model better and with more confidence' I have recently seen =
this happen, and fluid dynamics (in this case) has shaved years off =
evolution - in a very complex technological situation. This again may be =
the choice of case study, where a socio-economic case study might have =
been more relevant.=20
Liz

---Original Message---
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To: liz.bates at virgin.net
Subject: MandESIG An argument for M&E rather than planning in =
development work


  • Is M&E more important than design in development programme?*

The central argument of Owen Barder is that all complex problems (i.e.,
development challenges that matter) are solved by evolution and not by
design. Thus, variation and selection and feedback loops are the key to
success. Have a look for yourself by clicking here Development =
Complexity
and Evolution <http://media.owen.org/Evolution/player.html> or going to
http://media.owen.org/Evolution/player.html.

For us, I guess it means good M&E *design* in the proposal is a critical
factor for success! :-)

Nice presentation, but a little frustrating if you want to get to the =
nub
quickly!

Regards
Grant



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  • Miriam HANSEN MEng*
Community Coordinator | *HEDON Household Energy Network*
      • T: *+44-(0)20 30 120 130 | *M:* +44-(0)7595 715820
  • Website*: support.hedon.info *| Online platform:* www.hedon.info
PO Box 900, London, Bromley, BR1 9FF, UK

Visit our online journal *Boiling =
Point*<http://www.hedon.info/BoilingPoint> |
Join our* London meet up <http://www.hedon.info/LondonRIG>*

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