M&E Thursday Talk – Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning from the Inside-Out

Michelle Helman

April 25, 2019 10:00 am

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Join DME for Peace on Thursday, April 25th at 10:00am EDT, as Michelle Helman hosts the M&E Thursday Talks to lead a discussion on “Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning from the Inside-Out.”


Participatory evaluation, development, and peacebuilding methods aim to decolonize top-down approaches by integrating inclusive, bottom-up practice which can unintentionally reinforce asymmetrical power dynamics. Michelle Helman will address how applying ‘inside-out’ evaluation tools in collaborative monitoring, evaluation, and learning (ME&L) practice can transform this obstacle into opportunity.

Michelle draws from experience monitoring the 2016 Colombian Peace Accord with Kroc Institute and her own research on peacebuilding evaluation as a Rotary Peace Fellow. She encourages participants to examine, engage with, and re-imagine their own tools and practice. She will offer opportunities to explore how, together, we can co-create definitions of commonly used vocabulary, check our assumptions, and ground theory in lived experience to design and integrate collaborative evaluation tools.

A learning outcome for participants is to have increased awareness of- and the capacity to- engage in collaborative ME&L, from the inside-out. Following the presentation, participants are encouraged to ask questions and discuss how to best apply these skills within their own practice.

2 comments on “M&E Thursday Talk – Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning from the Inside-Out”

Unfortunately, we are not able to offer translation of the Thursday Talks at this time. It is our hope that in the, not too distant, future, we will be able to offer similar learning opportunities in French.

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