Author: Lant Pritchett, Salimah Samji, and Jeffrey Hammer
Full Citation: Pritchett, L., Samji, S., & Hammer, J. (2013). It’s all about MeE: Using structured experiential learning (“e”) to crawl the design space. (CGD Working Paper 322). Washington, D.C: Center for Global Development.
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Overview: The authors introduce a model of experiential learning (“e”) as part of Monitoring and Evaluation design, thus the change from M&E to MeE. They argue that the structured experiential learning in MeE “provides a space for innovation and organizational capacity building as well as accountability and evidence base for funding agencies”. Elaborating the past generations of M&E approaches and their weaknesses, Pritchett et al describe a 7 step process to apply their MeE approach. They are:
- Reverse engineer from goals back to instruments;
- Design a project;
- Admit we do not know what will work;
- Identify key dimensions of the design space;
- Select new alternative project variants;
- Strategically crawl the design space;
- Implement the approved sequential crawl and learn.