LINC is happy to announce and celebrate the formal launch of the USAID/Ghana Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Platform activity on September 27, 2022, in Accra (Ghana). The $16.5 million, four-year Activity, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), will provide monitoring, evaluation, and learning support to USAID/Ghana, USAID’s implementing partners, Ghanaian academic and research institutions, and the Government of Ghana.
The MEL Platform activity represents USAID/Ghana’s flagship initiative to enhance core Mission performance management functions and strengthen the integration of evidence into USAID/Ghana programming, the collaborative relationships across USAID staff and implementing partners around learning, and in-house and partner monitoring and evaluation capacity.
Speaking at the event, USAID/Ghana Mission Director, Kimberly Rosen, said: “The MEL Platform is critical to the learning and performance management of USAID/Ghana’s five-year behavior-led Country Development Cooperation Strategy.” She added: ‘‘We will look to it (the MEL Platform) to take creative and adaptive approaches to strengthen collaboration across our programs.”
Amanda Boachie, USAID/Ghana Program Office Director, noted: “One of the pressing challenges we face in program design, implementation, and monitoring is how to obtain quality data. Timely, relevant, and complete data is a challenge, especially in our context. That is the gap the (MEL) Platform is meant to fill”.
In addition to the USAID/Ghana Mission Director, the launch was attended by high-level officials, including the Director General for the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC), Dr. Mensah Abrampah; the Government Statistician, Prof. Samuel Kobina Annim; and the Director of the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) at the University of Ghana, Prof. Peter Quartey. Also, present at the event were USAID Mission staff, implementing partners, and Government of Ghana (GOG) partners.
The Activity is implemented by a team of experienced implementers, evaluators, and researchers, led by LINC and including The Cloudburst Group, DevLab@Penn, ISSER at the University of Ghana, and Gobin Global.