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Alison Ashlin - Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL) Specialist

Alison has considerable experience in monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) with a background in international development, humanitarian aid and environmental governance. 

She is currently a MEL Specialist within the Knowledge, Impact and Policy team at the Institute of Development Studies.  Previously, Alison was the MEL Manager for a $42m governance programme called Making All Voices Count (MAVC).  MAVC was funded by DFID, USAID, SIDA and the Omidyar Network and jointly managed by IDS, Hivos and Ushahidi.  As the MEL Manager for MAVC, Alison led on the monitoring and learning processes, working across all components of the programme, including grant making, capacity strengthening, research generation and uptake, communication, convening and brokering, and policy engagement.  

Before joining IDS, Alison worked as the M&E Coordinator for an international NGO called ShelterBox, conducting numerous ex-post evaluations and making recommendations to inform the operational and strategic direction of the disaster relief charity. 

Prior to this she completed a PhD at Oxford University’s School of Geography and the Environment.  Alison’s doctoral thesis was an interdisciplinary study that examined the impact of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami on the governance of coastal ecosystems in Sri Lanka, with a specific focus on socio-ecological resilience.  

Making All Voices Count: A Grand Challenge for Development (MAVC) is a four-year $45 million fund to support innovation, scaling-up, and research that will deepen existing innovations and help harness new technologies to enable citizen engagement and government responsiveness.

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Learning for Change in Accountable Governance Programming

This short paper provides an introduction to some of the different kinds of learning that are important in implementing and monitoring accountable governance programmes. More details