One size does not fit all. Measurement, learning, and evaluation (MLE) requires a customized approach that fits an organization’s culture. This includes the reach of its vision and appetite for risk, and its people, financial, and operational resources.
In my work, I always put this culture first, customizing the MLE approach that will best serve my clients’ visions and goals. As I have learned, regardless of the size of a program or organization, the fundamental questions are the same:
- So what?
- Now what?
These clients, which have ranged in scale from United Nations organizations to global foundations to small family foundations, include the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Brainerd Foundation and the Campion Foundation.
Working with colleagues from ORS Impact, the firm I founded and led for more than 25 years, I also created the curriculum for the development of an MLE Consulting Lab, launched its inaugural class, and have presented workshops on this content at the American Evaluation Association and Social Impact Analyst Association.
My publication, Five Insights to MLE, co-authored with my colleague Sarah Stachowiak, CEO of ORS Impact, shares our key learnings gained throughout the development of multiple MLE plans.
I enjoy the opportunity to contribute to the development of MLE plans that are right-sized for each client. I bring with me a host of advisory services, including the expertise to:
- Facilitate a series of meetings with your ad hoc MLE working group to develop all elements of your plan
- Scan your existing MLE approaches and recommend a direction that will be most impactful
- Develop tools and processes that support your MLE
- Coach your staff on effective implementation of MLE