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Wednesday, September 19 • 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Buka Hatene - an innovative model promoting adaptive management for improved aid effectiveness in Timor-Leste

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Louise Maher (M&E House, Timor-Leste)

In Timor-Leste, an innovative approach to transforming monitoring, evaluation and learning capacity and quality for improved aid effectiveness has been developed. The Australian government has established M&E House, a monitoring and evaluation focussed facility designed to contribute towards a high performing and continually improving development program by ensuring that (1) the Australian Embassy is equipped with evidence and capacity to continually improve decision-making and tell a clear performance story, and (2) that implementing partners generate and use evidence to learn, adapt and produce user-focused reports.

M&E House will transform current practice into a whole-of-program adaptive performance management system. M&E specialists implement the program, supported by an Australian organisational partnership.  M&E House has facilitated the development of a whole-of-program performance assessment framework identifying shared outcomes and indicators for improved integration, collaboration and reporting across program boundaries, and will develop an underpinning information management system. Strategic reviews on cross-sectoral issues provide evidence for improved systems-level programming. Implementing partners are facilitated to develop and implement M&E plans, apply adaptive practice, and improve reporting. Evaluation capacity building is focussed on improving foundational capabilities, changing mind-sets, and building motivation.    

The M&E House model allows for application of a single M&E approach, which is utilisation focussed, realist, and consolidates evidence from mixed-methods. It enables M&E methods to be trialled, improved and scaled out. It ensures M&E expertise is accessible to stakeholders, and keeps M&E front-of-mind for implementers. A lean and influential approach ensures targeted information is available for decision-makers. It allows for trusting relationships to develop, to ensure stakeholder participation and engagement in improving program performance. 

Baseline data on M&E systems justifies the need for an innovative solution, and early evidence after one year indicates that the M&E House model may be an effective and relevant solution to transforming MEL systems for improved aid effectiveness in Timor-Leste.

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Louise Maher

Team Leader, M&E House (Buka Hatene)
Louise Maher is the Team Leader of M&E House, which supports the Australian development program in Timor-Leste to tell a clear results story. Louise has a background in physiotherapy, public health, and international development. She is interested in building organisational motivation... Read More →

Wednesday September 19, 2018 3:30pm - 4:00pm AEST
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