Liberating Structures online Immersion Workshop for Monitoring & Evaluation specialists

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Date(s) - 02/11/2020 - 04/11/2020
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Are you a MEL specialist? Have you heard about Liberating Structures? Or are you wondering what Liberating Structures has to offer you for your participatory M&E practice now and forever?

Why this fuss?

Monitoring, evaluation and learning – what we broadly refer to here as ‘M&E’ – is essential for development work to be recognised, understood, learned, improved, shared, planned and scaled. And we had a pretty good going with it as a community of M&E specialists.

Then the Covid-19 pandemic happened and it is now forcing everyone to adapt or reinvent their work. So how can we, M&E specialists, take advantage of this global challenge to go beyond our conventional ways? How can we make our M&E processes even more meaningful learning and engaging interactions with program participants and stakeholders?

Sounds great, but how can we change this?

As we are learning to move our work online, we are finding that some activities simply don’t seem to be translatable on the screen, and it takes even more work and effort to interact effectively with people online.

The crux is in how we work and interact online, as that has become a large part of our work now. We need innovation, clarity, purpose, inclusion, participation, and we definitely need some fun too! 

Liberating structures (LS) provide all of that, and more…

Liberating structures are a great pathway because…

  • At the core of participatory M&E are the interactions and engagement with participants and stakeholders – our ambition is to hear all perspectives, unleash all voices, cover all angles
  • To unlock this engagement, we need to structure interactions in simple but powerful ways
  • Liberating structures (LS) offer interaction structures (methods to facilitate conversation and collaboration) that can respond to a wide range of M&E activities: participatory data collection and sense making, dissemination of findings, feedback sessions, and follow-up planning.

LS structure both online and face-to-face meetings and interactions. They have proven to be:

  • Versatile: useful in many different situations, regardless of a person’s profession, position, culture, or purpose
  • Easy to learn: no extensive training required; people can pick them up easily
  • Expert-less: require only a few minutes to introduce; everybody can use them
  • Results-focused: generate tangible results so quickly that people will sustain the effort
  • Rapid cycles: short enough to fit in the existing rhythm of work and to be repeated quickly to improve results
  • Multi-scale: useable with varied group sizes for everyday tasks, projects, or strategy/goal setting
  • Enjoyable: participants experience working together as pleasurable and satisfying rather than the usual drudgery




Join us! Come see M&E and Liberating Structures come together.

When: Nov. 2-4, from 9-12 am CET
Where: online on Zoom
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Organized by ResultsinHealth in collaboration with Ewen Le Borgne and Nadia von Holzen