CIAT’s work in Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning is embedded in a Results-based management approach, which could be of use for the needs of the Alliance. CIAT is committed to and invests in Results-based Management to enable innovation, institutional evolution and forward-thinking insights to assure efficiency and effectiveness of its research for development activities.
- In the light of the Alliance, this new chapter presents an exciting time as we have a great opportunity on our hands for information harvesting. With different, sophisticated Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning systems in place in both organizations, as well as the know-how and the ability to harvest from them, we have demonstrated that we can make interoperability across the various systems work.
- The Business Intelligence systems are fed by robust monitoring and evaluation standards in place. Some examples of these standards to record performance include: i) Impact Pathways and Theories of Change at different levels, ii) appropriate qualitative and quantitative indicators, iii) targets, iv) tools to monitor progress and the trajectory of CIAT’s contributions, v) reflection exercise, annual reporting and planning, vi) use of online program management information system, called MARLO 1 , to support processes and alignment across the organization, vii) project performance monitoring, viii) quality assurance via an iterative feedback process, and ix) financial planning and reporting.
- This allows us to demonstrate well-evidenced and credible results through responsive user-friendly dashboards, see here. CIAT has digitized large parts of its strategic Results-based Management processes around monitoring, evaluation and learning, and its overall results reporting. In doing so CIAT uses a management information
system, MARLO, for its data and information harmonization. Substantial investment is made into interoperability, a business analytics tool and the visualization of key performance indicators also in collaboration with System Office to deliver the overall CGIAR Results Dashboard. The dashboard has the ability to harvest from different systems.
Read more on CIAT’s Results-based Management Strategic Thinking here. It includes descriptions of its five-fold Purpose, Principles and Operational Realities, Integrated Service Delivery, CIAT’s Approach to Learning, and the Proposed Operational Focus Areas
If you have any improvement suggestions or would like to share your experience, please contact us the Global Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning at: CIATglobalMEL@cgiar.org