Genesis Analytics is excited to be part of the organisation of MERL Tech Jozi — the first MERL Tech conference on the African continent. MERL Tech Jozi offers a space for the South African MERL and tech communities as well as those working across the continent and the globe to gather and share experiences, learning and insights and to develop new collaborations related to MERL and technology.
MERL Tech Jozi will be in Johannesburg on August 1-2 2018 and builds on earlier MERL Tech conferences in DC and London, engaging 100 practitioners from across the development and technology ecosystems for a two-day conference seeking to turn theories of MERL technology into effective practices that deliver real insight and learning in our sector.
MERL Tech is a lively, interactive, community-driven conference. We’re actively seeking a diverse set of practitioners in monitoring, evaluation, research, learning, program implementation, management, data science, and technology to lead every session.
Digital data and new media and information technologies are changing monitoring, evaluation, research and learning (MERL). The past five years have seen technology-enabled MERL growing by leaps and bounds. From adaptive management and ‘developmental evaluation’; to faster, higher quality data collection; to remote data gathering through sensors and self-reporting by mobile; to big data and social media analytics; to story-triggered methodologies — the field is in constant flux with emerging methods, tools and approaches.
Alongside these new initiatives we are seeing increasing documentation and assessment of technology-enabled MERL initiatives. Good practice guidelines and new frameworks are emerging and agency-level efforts are making new initiatives easier to start, build on and improve. The swarm of ethical questions related to these new methods and approaches has spurred greater attention to areas such as responsible data practice and the development of policies, guidelines and minimum ethical frameworks and standards for digital data.
Championing the above is a growing and diversifying community of MERL practitioners, assembling from a variety of fields; hailing from a range of starting points; espousing different core frameworks and methodological approaches; and representing innovative field implementers, start-ups and social enterprises, data scientists, independent evaluators, those at HQ that drive and promote institutional policy and practice, and donor agencies who support and often shape this work and the strategic areas related to it.
MERL Solution Demos
Do you have a new or innovative Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, or Learning tool or service? Would you like to demonstrate it for 100 prominent thought leaders and decision makers who are using technology (or want to) in MERL activities for development?
At MERL Tech Jozi, August 1-2, 2018, we will have several opportunities to demonstrate solutions with curated conference participants and the the wider development community:
Prominent demo booths directly in the conference break area and accessible both days and during the evening happy hour reception.
Dedicated demo breakout sessions throughout the day.
Premium visibility and networking during the public conference reception