This concise yet informative article, co-authored by Dr Erka Çaro, Deputy Project Manager of Skills for Jobs, explores the invaluable expertise of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) managers who are actively involved in strengthening the learning capacity of their partner organisations and systems.
Drawing on insightful discussions, the paper summarises eight practical tips from MEL managers to enhance learning at partner and system level. Skills for Jobs (S4J) is used as a prime example, demonstrating how diagnostics and evaluations are essential to strengthening the learning capacity of partners and target systems.
S4J conducts annual assessments with partner schools, fostering collaborative learning and enabling schools to improve curricula, teaching methods and student recruitment. Tracer studies introduced by S4J at both the provider and system levels are driving adaptation in VET institutions and national agencies, leading to strategic decisions, programme diversification and improved marketing. This data-driven approach is influencing national decision-making and curriculum revisions.
This article is one of three outputs from a series of peer exchanges facilitated by USAID in 2022 through the Feed the Future Market Systems and Partnerships initiative. These exchanges brought together senior leads from Market Systems Development programs worldwide, funded by USAID, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), and other organisations.