Monitoring & Evaluation

A LEARNING ALLIANCE IS MORE ADAPTABLE, LESS PRONE TO MAKING SIGNIFICANT MISTAKES, MORE ALIGNED IN ITS COLLECTIVE AMBITIONS, AND BETTER ABLE TO MEET FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES DUE TO THE BENEFIT OF REFLECTIVE AND CRITICAL ANALYSIS.

As a collaborative of funders that have come together to make positive change and collective impact in a complex systems-context at the global scale, we have adopted a comprehensive approach to monitoring and evaluation. The aim of M&E at the Global Alliance is to use the available tools, methods, and approaches to respond to the Global Alliance’s needs so that we continually learn and adapt what we are doing and how we do it, and so we can be responsive and nimble to new opportunities as they arise.

Each of our evaluation approaches are mutually reinforcing and fit together to provide a comprehensive picture of the Global Alliance that helps us understand and learn from how we are promoting transformations of food systems:

  1. Developmental Evaluation: Provides a focus on the Global Alliance’s development where we track, document, assess, and support development, adaptation, and learning about how the GA evolves and adapts within the complexity of food systems transformation.
  2. Principles-Focused Evaluation: Provides a focus on how the Global Alliance remains aligned with and faithful to its principles where we track, document, assess, learn from, and support the use and relevance of GA principles.
  3. Blue Marble Evaluation: Provides a focus on global food systems transformation where we track, document, assess, learn from, and support the Global Alliance’s contributions to global food systems transformation.

The Global Alliance has committed itself to an ambitious evaluation agenda that the evaluation community will watch with great interest, for evaluating global systems change is a major challenge for the future.

Michael Quinn Patton

Global Alliance Monitoring & Evaluation Consultant and Founder/Director of Utilization-Focused Evaluation