Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Activity

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Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Activity
Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Activity
USAID

BACKGROUND

Jordan faces daunting challenges as it strives to address its development and reform priorities, including a growing population, high unemployment rates, and the influx of refugees. USAID partners with the Government of Jordan, supporting its efforts to address these challenges while advancing the country’s economic stability and future prosperity. Rigorous monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) processes enable USAID, the government, and the development community to ensure the effectiveness of our foreign assistance and to improve management, accountability, and evidence-based decision making. Local MEL organizations in Jordan have an important role to play in advancing these efforts. These organizations, however, need to further develop their capacity to provide the high-quality MEL services required by locally and internationally funded activities. Through partnering with the government and local firms, USAID simultaneously strengthens local MEL capacity and the broader MEL ecosystem.

ACTIVITY OVERVIEW

USAID’s Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Activity works with implementing partners, local MEL organizations, and the government to ensure USAID’s activities in Jordan achieve their intended results. This is done by undertaking monitoring, evaluation, and strategic assessments, while supporting collaborative learning and adaptation. The activity trains monitoring and evaluation specialists, technical staff and senior management within USAID/Jordan, and USAID partners, to help them effectively monitor and evaluate achievements in their programs against intended results. The activity also supports the government, local firms, academia, non-government organizations, and private sector professionals in developing their monitoring and evaluation management abilities to build a cadre of local experts and remove the need for USAID monitoring and evaluation assistance in the future.

The activity’s Accelerator Program provides local MEL organizations with technical assistance and organizational development, enabling them to bid on USAID opportunities through a rapid procurement mechanism. Coordination with local institutions is creating a MEL community of practice which supports the long-term sustainability of development work in Jordan. Knowledge management platforms, such as DevResults and USAID’s Jordan Development Knowledge Management Portal, will be further developed and enhanced, encouraging the use of data to improve intervention decision making and implementation.

NOTEWORTHY ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Key findings from four evaluations and three assessments completed by the Activity supported USAID’s programming efforts. The evaluations informed USAID of best practices and lessons identified to workforce participation and employment in Jordan, the design of schools to support learning outcomes, developing a sustainable entrepreneurial ecosystem, and implementing an exit strategy from donor dependence through improved public financial management. The assessments contributed to understanding market systems development programming to increase the utilization of water-saving technologies; increasing inclusive private sector-led growth; and building municipalities’ ability to undertake local economic development initiatives.  
  • Data from all assignments have supported adaptive management of USAID-funded activities or design for follow-on programming.  
  • The activity supported USAID in mapping gender and youth interventions implemented by USAID partners.  
  • Through the mapping workshop, partners identified similarities across interventions and areas for greater collaboration and synergies. One example is USAID establishing a gender community of practice.  
  • As part of its MEL capacity building efforts, the activity conducted eighteen multi-day training sessions with 360 attendees that included USAID staff and partners. Topics included developing MEL plans, selecting effective indicators, data quality assessment, gender, and social inclusion, working with DevResults, introduction to the theory of change, geographic information system training, quantitative data analysis, and an advanced course on collaborating, learning, and adapting.  
  • As part of its government MEL capacity building efforts, the activity worked closely with the staff of the Ministries of Youth, Education, and Health, and the National Aid Fund to build their capacity under a “learning by doing” approach in several areas, including developing MEL plans, report writing, and data collection and analysis.  
  • Through a Rapid Procurement Mechanism, the activity helped fourteen local firms bid on providing MEL services to USAID and the government through direct coaching and mentoring as part of its “learning by doing” approach. The intention is to work closely with these organizations so that in the future, they will be able to bid independently on similar projects.  
  • As part of its local MEL firms’ organizational and institutional capacity building efforts, the activity helped the local firms assess their capacities, identify strengths and gaps in their ability to provide MEL services, and created action plans that help them meet their training needs. The activity is currently working with the local firms on implementing their action plans. Additionally, four MEL technical training courses were delivered to the firms.

Last updated: June 22, 2022

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