Many aspects of economic and social development are complex and dynamic. In this setting, learning drives high performance in supporting local leadership to achieve positive project impact. Learning is made possible by the timely provision of data and evidence. Managed well, data and evidence enable smarter decisions that contribute to improved program outcomes.
There is now a joint effort by the Partnership and Capacity Strengthening and MEAL (Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning) units to adopt methods that support intentional learning. Learning that is informed by both data and evidence works best as a shared responsibility. Working together, making sense of data and evidence allows managers and their staff to adapt programs in response to changes in context and new information. Ensuring this happens necessitates an enabling culture that encourages flexible program implementation and responsive management approaches.