BIOTROP Engages in 2nd SEAMEO Strategic Workshop on Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Organized by SEAMEO Secretariat, Bangkok, Thailand, 27 – 28 March 2024 Thursday, 25 April 2024 on 11:16am

BIOTROP Engages in 2nd SEAMEO Strategic Workshop on Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Organized by SEAMEO Secretariat, Bangkok, Thailand, 27 – 28 March 2024

Ms Trijanti A. Widinni Asnan, SP., M.Si, SEAMEO BIOTROP’s Coordinator on Planning, Monitoring, and Evaluation Unit participates in the 2nd Strategic Workshop on Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL), organized by the SEAMEO Secretariat. This event was held on 27 – 28 March 2024, at the Avani Sukhumvit Bangkok Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand. This workshop provided a valuable platform for SEAMEO Centre’s to contribute insights and benefit from shared expertise, also to highlight its commitment to collaborative regional educational initiatives.

Mr. Bart van Halteren, Regional Director Asia of MDF Asia, spearheaded discussions on transitioning from a strategic plan to a result framework and MEL strategy. Emphasizing the importance of measurable and actionable results, Mr. Halteren outlined distinctions between impact, outcome, and output, crucial for effective monitoring.

Participants engaged in brainstorming sessions to propose intermediate outcomes for SEAMEO Result frameworks. Three key outcomes emerged: improved policy development, enhanced collaboration, and implementation capacity.

SEARCA introduced their successful MEL implementation approach named iMEAL, showcasing a model for future MEL endeavors at BIOTROP. Mr. Bart further elucidated steps towards a joint MEL strategy, emphasizing the significance of clear ToC, KPI identification, and learning mechanisms.
Attendees delved into creating SMART indicators and understanding gender-sensitive indicators, led by Ms. Veena Cute-Ngarmpring, Gender and Skill Advisor, GIZ. The workshop culminated in integrating MEL into center planning and operations through exercises and case studies.

Looking forward, centers will align operational plans with SEAMEO frameworks, collaborate on MEL implementation, and undergo staff training for consistent understanding. Additionally, the SEAMEO Center will develop guidelines and handbooks for MEL implementation.

As the workshop concluded, BIOTROP remains committed to aligning its operational plans with SEAMEO frameworks and participating in collaborative efforts to enhance MEL practices across the region. Moving forward, BIOTROP will continue to contribute actively to SEAMEO initiatives while leveraging the knowledge gained from the workshop to further its educational objectives. (trijanti, haritz)

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