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Thursday, September 5 • 11:15am - 12:15pm
Going the Distance: The Journey to Self-Reliance and USAID’s New Country Roadmaps

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The Journey to Self-Reliance (J2SR) initiative announced last year by USAID will require collaboration with key MERL stakeholders if it is to realize widespread adoption. MERLTech is happy to have Sarah Tisch: Director, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning at Panagora Group moderate a discussion with USAID representatives around the new USAID Journey to Self-Reliance (J2SR) metrics and Country Roadmaps. With help from Behar Xharra from Keshif, and Dar Maxwell from Panagora, participants will explore ways they can utilize J2SR Roadmap and secondary metrics for their own strategic planning, activity design, and adaptive management efforts.

This one-hour MERLTech panel is part of a series of public engagements by John Gardner, J2SR Metrics Team Lead in the Bureau for Policy Planning and Learning. The panel will also feature Mark Skeith, a USAID PPL Policy Analyst who led the design of the Roadmap and curated the 17+ metrics upon which they are based. After the presentation the team will answer questions and get feedback from representatives of the MERLTech community (that’s you!) about how they can strengthen this nascent policy.


Sarah Tisch

Director, MEL, Panagora Group
Sarah Tisch is a senior social scientist with over 30 years’ experience in research, data analysis, evaluation, and learning within the context of donor-funded development programs and activities. She has designed and led evaluations, trained donor and country staff in M&E practices... Read More →

John Gardner

Journey to Self-Reliance (J2SR) Metrics Team Lead, USAID Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning
John Gardner currently serves as the Journey to Self-Reliance (J2SR) Metrics Team Lead within the USAID Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning. In this role he is responsible for leading the production of the annual J2SR Country Roadmap and overseeing its application to high level... Read More →

Mark Skeith

Empirical Analyst, Journey to Self-Reliance (J2SR), USAID Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning
Mark Skeith currently serves as an empirical analyst on the Journey to Self-Reliance (J2SR) Metrics Team within the USAID Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning. In this role he is responsible for supporting the analysis, testing and application of the J2SR Country Roadmap metrics... Read More →
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Behar Xharra

Founder and COO, Keshif
Behar Xharra is a co-founder and COO of Keshif, an exploratory data analytics technology. He leads business development, growth, operations, planning, and client relations. A native of Kosovo, Behar has previously lead innovation, data analytics, research, and program development... Read More →

Dar Maxwell

Learning and Technology Specialist, Senior Manager, Panagora Group
Dar Maxwell is a Learning and Technology Specialist, Senior Manager with Panagora Group. Dar has over three decades of diverse experience in knowledge management and adult learning design, production and implementation, including network news production and implementation of online... Read More →

Thursday September 5, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm EDT
Academy Hall A FHI 360 Conference Center, 1825 Connecticut Ave, 8th Floor, Washington, DC
  Data, 1 Hour Break Out
  • session type Panel, Discussion, Participatory session