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MEASUREMENT, MONITORING AND EVALUATION (MME)

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Overview
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Embodying ASER Centre's mission statement a Measurement, Monitoring and Evaluation Unit (MME Unit) was set up in 2013. The MME unit comprises a 40 member team spread across 16 states and is responsible for developing and deploying effective monitoring, measurement and evaluation systems for development sector projects.

What are the key program indicators that should be tracked? When should red flags be raised and implementation strategies be updated? Should more program information be recorded? Can feedback about the process be obtained more frequently? What is the impact of the program? Is a post- intervention evaluation necessary to understand the sustainability of the intervention?

The MME team works closely with program teams to answer these questions and thereby further enhance the impact of these programs.

During 2013 and 2014 the unit has worked extensively with Pratham program teams to develop MME systems for Pratham’s flagship programs, with the objective of enhancing the impact of these programs. Through these projects the MME unit has gained extensive experience in scaleable execution in rural contexts across India. With a continued focus on developing rigorous, contextual, and sustainable MME frameworks the unit aims to continue to expand the range and diversity of its projects.

An overview of the unit’s key areas of operation is provided below.

The MME unit has effectively collaborated with multiple program stakeholders to formulate standardized MME frameworks for recording, analysing and reporting program information. We ensure consistency, quality and timeliness of system-wide data management and dissemination systems.

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The MME unit creates data recording formats for a diverse set of learning interventions ranging from pre-school to upper primary grades and multiple learning competencies. The team works closely with the assessment unit of ASER Centre to create program-specific assessment strategies including testing tools, testing timelines and optimal testing environment, and develops data collection systems to ensure availability of timely and accurate data. 

The MME unit manages two data collection portals that are used extensively by program implementation teams in 15 states: an SMS portal to collect data on multiple program implementation indicators like camp day, children’s children attendance etc; and a MIS portal to collect system-wide aggregate program data on learning levels - from multiple areas of intervention.

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The MME unit has considerable experience in analysing large and diverse sets of data – learning levels, attendance, enrolment, household characteristics, school characteristics and program implementation  characteristics. In addition, the team conducts analyses for data with multiple levels of aggregation – block level, school level, class level and child level. Providing timely information and feedback to the project implementation team is a central goal. The team constantly innovates in order to improve data reporting processes and provide accurate and easy to understand data, with key trends, to all levels of stakeholders of the program.

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The team has developed multiple periodic and systematic feedback loopsto provide data insights - quantitative and qualitative - to the program teams to enable them to take timely corrective actions and maximize the impact of their interventions. To effectively disseminate data the MME team endeavours to provide relevant yet comprehensive information to different levels of the program implementation staff within a timely period.

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The MME unit has effectively collaborated with multiple program stakeholders to formulate standardized MME frameworks for recording, analysing and reporting program information. We ensure consistency, quality and timeliness of system-wide data management and dissemination systems.