5. MEL is a team sport – everyone has a role to play
For MEL to deliver its full value, an organisation must embrace a culture of evaluative thinking and learning. And culture usually starts with the leadership. When leaders of an organisation say, ‘we made this mistake, and we learned this, so now we are going to do this differently’, it creates an environment where staff can openly discuss failings (which are learnings in disguise), instead of fearing disapproval and punishment. Leaders having an understanding of MEL and the importance of embedding it into an organisation’s culture will amplify its success. So staff at all levels of an organisation have a role in MEL, and therefore would benefit from MEL training.
6. Evaluation is a complementary project management skill
Everyone involved in the implementation of a program should have some formal training in it evaluating its impact. To do it well, they need an understanding of MEL core components like Program Logic, monitoring and measurement, evaluative thinking, and continual improvement. These should be seen as complementary skills to project management.