In San José - Costa Rica, 29 evaluation and M&E experts from Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Costa Rica, Colombia and Ecuador worked for one week, to study and apply the framework of 'managing for impact' (M4I).
The M4I framework was developed by Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation (CDI) with a focus on strengthening the impact of development initiatives. A similar training was conducted last year in El Salvador, with the main training purpose of strengthening the capacity of CLEAR partners in Central America to apply M4I in their daily work practice. In Costa Rica, the training was organised as a Training of Trainers, allowing also three M&E experts from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, alumni from the first course last year in El Salvador, to become M4I trainers.
The M4I course was a joint initiative of CLEAR-CIDE and Wageningen University & Research. The Center for Learning on Evaluation and Results Latin America (Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, CIDE) was selected as a CLEAR centre for Latin America and helps to strengthen evaluation and M&E capacities, in order to have stronger evaluative capacities for policy and development. CLEAR is promoting the creation of national and sub-national M&E networks and management practices with result orientation. In this way, CLEAR-CIDE contributes to the global advancement in these areas, with innovative courses and exchange on practical experiences between practitioners.
The Latin American Participants develop a shared understanding of key concepts, approaches and methods related to the M4I approach that will not only underpin further development and implementation of their evaluation and M&E work, but also enables them to bring this understanding to other actors and use it in a wider context. At the end of the training they especially emphasized the importance of new understanding related to strategic guidance and applying Theory of Change thinking. The regional network and various national networks like to apply the M4I tools to their work.