Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Project

This project will create effective, joined up systems for monitoring, evaluation, and learning, creating new models and providing a strong evidence base to address the current lack of knowledge about effective humanitarian capacity building.

About the project

It is notoriously difficult to gather evidence about what works in humanitarian capacity building, due to the many variables that can affect success, and how difficult they are to measure. Because of this, there is little knowledge available on the subject. Furthermore, an effective evidence base cannot be built without collaboration and sharing across the humanitarian sector.

The Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Project has been created to work across each of fourteen collaborative projects of the Department for International Development’s Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme (DEPP).

MEL will work across the portfolio to create effective, joined up systems for monitoring, evaluation, and learning. It will increase coherence between the projects and, crucially, provide an evidence base for what works in capacity building.

Operating at programme level rather than at the level of individual projects, the MEL project will embed five Regional Learning Advisors in the DEPP focal countries who will collaborate with the projects in that region to maximise data collection, analysis and use at the national and regional levels. A central team will provide the same support at the global level and ensure links between the five regions. An independent evaluation team will also be contracted to accompany the programme throughout its three years.

The project will;
- enable DEPP projects to create a working cycle of monitoring, evaluation and learning that make iterative improvements of their work
- promote effective learning and collaboration, by monitoring the progress of projects
- pioneer new approaches in order to generate new evidence, investing in embedded capacity and innovative technology, tools and platforms
- consistently evaluate the DEPP key assumptions / questions, and learning lessons from the DEPP projects and disseminate to the other projects/ countries to ensure uptake of learning.

DEPP Learning Conference

From 29th November until 1st December this year, the DEPP is hosting a Learning Conference in Nairobi, titled “Collaborative approaches to capacity building for disaster preparedness”. The main aim is to strengthen cross-project learning across the DEPP by sharing robust lessons between projects and providing a space where people can reflect, share and learn from one another.

All internal and external DEPP stakeholders are invited to submit an expression of interest in attending the event. If you are involved in a DEPP project, are interested and involved in learning processes, and are willing to engage in conference discussions and working groups, please fill in this form or download the form here and email it to to register your interest.
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Who is involved?

This project is delivered through a consortium led by Action Against Hunger (ACF-UK) and including Relief International, Partnership Brokers and Harvard Humanitarian Initiative.

Where is the project taking place?

The project is working is all ten DEPP countries - the Philippines, Myanmar, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Jordan, Kenya, Ethiopia, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Mozambique.

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Find out more

MEL Project One Pager
The DEPP 2015 Learning Report full version
The DEPP 2015 Learning Report summary
The DEPP 2015 Learning Report MEL Project update
The DEPP 2015 Learning Report The External Evaluation - Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
MEL Project Team contact details
MEL Project MEL Systems work stream

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