The Measurement, Learning and Evaluation (MLE) Unit of ISSER has held a meeting with regional partners to share knowledge and best practices in MLE and map out plans for future collaborations in evaluative research.

The five-day event held from 22nd – 26th June, 2015 at ISSER was attended by various institutions that either implement or conduct impact evaluation of development projects in West Africa.

The meeting comprised presentations that sought to deepen participants’ understanding of the role and operations of the ISSER MLE unit, the role of MLE in evidence-based decision making, tools and best practices in MLE and the application of CAPI (Computer Assisted Personal Interview) for survey research. There were also sessions of practical application of MLE tools. Presenters at the meeting included: Prof. Felix Asante, Director of ISSER; Prof. Chris Udry, Yale University, Dr. Isaac Osei-Akoto and Dr. Robert Darko Osei, both senior research fellows of ISSER and MLE Advisors of the Unit.

Aims of the ISSER MLE Unit

The MLE unit of ISSER, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, aims to provide training and technical assistance services – across all aspects of survey research and practice - from study design to data collection and storage, analysis and dissemination of findings to support the capacity building objectives of institutions engaged in evaluative research.

Participants

Countries and institutions represented at the meeting were Ghana (ISSER, UDS, World Cocoa Foundation), Niger (Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique duNiger - INRAN), Nigeria (National Root Crops Research Institute), Mali (Groupe de Recherche en Économie Appliquée et Théorique-GREAT), Burkina Faso (National Institute of Statistics and Demography-INSD) and Cote d’Ivoire (World Cocoa Foundation).