The distinct yet related activities of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) offer a cross-cutting service to all our other areas of expertise and are integrated into every stage of the process from design, through implementation to lesson-learning at the end of a programme, so as to ensure we deliver lasting results and maximise Value for Money. This calls for a balanced approach to being able to define and assess value relating to the economy, efficiency and effectiveness of expenditures.
We believe that MEL forms part of the Performance Management Framework and encompasses setting performance indicators, measuring them over time, evaluating them periodically and finally making course corrections as needed.
Our evaluations are driven by the requirement to balance the need to understand as much about 'what is' being evaluated and 'how it' came about and 'why', as well as how best to do and communicate the evaluation; and the need to balance the technical rigour required in our methodology with understanding the realities as explained by beneficiaries, and the need to ensure that the evaluation itself has a consequence.
We have carried out MEL assignments spread across Asia and Africa, for many of the world's leading development agencies and governments. The breadth of our in-house expertise, coupled with our practical experience in many of the key sectors, lies at the heart of our MEL expertise.
According to Article 7 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), ratified by Government of Myanmar, children with disabilities shall fully enjoy their human rights and fundamental freedom on an equal basis with other children. To this end, we are conducting a Situation Analysis (SitAn) to analyse and gather evidence on the extent to which the rights of children with disabilities in Myanmar are being fulfilled, in accordance with the CRC (Convention on Rights of Children) and the CRPD. Recommendations from SitAN will directly contribute to framing and refining of national policies designed to enhance the realisation of rights for children with disabilities. As part of the SitAn, we are also producing the estimates for prevalence of disabilities in child in select locations in the country for the first time.
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