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Monitoring, evaluation & learning

Enabling development practitioners and policy actors to strengthen evidence use and adaptive practice through rigorous and innovative qualitative and quantitative methods, digital and data tech, and learning.

Now more than ever, international development programmes must demonstrate results and impact, as well as value for money.

IMC’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) team supports partners to evaluate and communicate impact in increasingly complex programme contexts, providing efficient and effective cross-cutting monitoring, evaluation and research services.

Our dedicated in-house team of over 15 dedicated experts located in the UK and the US brings a diversity of regional, technical and thematic experience. With a portfolio spanning over 100 countries across the globe, we collaborate with a wide network of local partners, specialists, centres of excellence, and data science companies.

Our technical expertise includes real-time continuous monitoring and reviews, operational research and evaluation before, during, and after project completion, capacity development, evidence uptake, innovation and technology use, better data utilisation, knowledge management and communications.

Thematic expertise includes gender and social inclusion, livelihoods development, humanitarian response and fragile and conflict-affected states, climate change, infrastructure and transport, water and sanitation and private sector investment.

Our core services

Programme Evaluation – IMC delivers customised, high-quality evaluations with evidence-based recommendations to improve processes, structures and strategies. Our evaluations employ rigorous quantitative and qualitative methods, and engage stakeholders to ensure relevance, accuracy, and use of the evidence produced. Evaluations include baseline, midterm and final evaluations.

Monitoring, Knowledge Management, Learning and Utilisation – We place the usefulness of evidence at the centre of our work, informing how we gather data, present evidence and promote learning. We employ a range of learning and knowledge sharing methods to strengthen creation, access and use of relevant data to improve programme performance. IMC assess MEL ecosystems within organisations in order to help clients modify existing approaches or develop new systems. In doing so, we help our clients collect, manage and use data resulting in more informed programmes and increased impact.

Enabling Technologies and Data Science Advisory Services IMC leverages technology to ensure the effective and efficient delivery of programmes. We advise on the deployment of information technology systems and infrastructure that supports programming and data collection processes. IMC’s data science professionals and research experts ensure the tools, frameworks and indicators we contribute to are rigorous, pertinent and methodologically sound.

Research and Technical Advisory IMC undertakes large-scale research projects, which inform future programming, policies and strategies. Drawing from our own experience delivering evidence-based evaluations of development and humanitarian aid programmes, our technical subject matter experts ensure tools, frameworks and indicators are rooted in international best practices.

Capacity Building and Organisational Development – IMC delivers capacity building and organisational development activities, from face-to-face training to virtual reality simulations and application of learning processes. Our experts also assist in developing organisational structures to support sustainable, locally-driven outcomes.

Our expertise covers a range of specific areas:

  • Design of Theories of Change (including indicators), MEL frameworks, toolkits, and approaches to adaptive programming.
  • Undertake thematic syntheses and research and technical advisory work.
  • Undertake complex large-scale, multi-country evaluations and more focused, single country evaluations before, during and after project completion.
  • Strengthen utilisation, learning and knowledge-sharing approaches and tools.
  • Capacity building and facilitation on MEL, policy engagement, knowledge sharing and learning.
  • Apply enabling technologies and data science advisory for more effective data collection, management, analysis and use.
  • Design and delivery of indicators and customised robust data collection tools and simple reporting methods.
  • Provide quality assurance reviews to evaluation terms of reference, data collection tools and frameworks, and reports.
  • Qualitative and quantitative longitudinal and cross-sectional impact surveys.