With strong emphasis on evidence-based decision making and evaluation standards, USAID/Afghanistan recently gathered monitoring and evaluation (M&E) experts from MSI and elsewhere for the second M&E Summit at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul.
The event was conducted under the Measuring Impacts of Stabilization Initiatives (MISTI) project. MISTI is a comprehensive international development M&E project focusing on stabilization programs using M&E best practices to measure the sustainability of development in Afghanistan’s complex environment.
The MISTI project team organized and managed the summit, as well as presented on a variety of topics, including public opinion surveys and M&E theories and strategies. Attendees of the summit included senior-level USAID staff and USAID’s Stabilization Unit staff, as well as representatives from International Security Assistance Forces, private research/survey companies and implementing partners.
MISTI is designed to measure and map stabilization trends and impacts, build a community of practice for rigorous M&E, and communicate lessons learned for creating stability for transition to Afghan-led development. Since 2002, USAID has managed more than 15 billion dollars in development programs in the country. Although working in this environment presents challenges, USAID has made progress in improving results, which MISTI continues to support.
MSI has been extensively involved with USAID to craft monitoring and evaluation standards and implement M&E projects for more than 20 years. MSI recently concluded a robust M&E and communications project in South Sudan and was also recently awarded the Kenya SUPPORT project, which will help to build quality M&E systems for the USAID Mission based in Nairobi.