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Thursday, September 5 • 11:15am - 12:15pm
What's In a Name: Does Data Science Fit in the MERL Acronym?

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This interactive session will foster a conversation among participants about the evolving role for M&E when adaptive management, rigorous research, powerful IT tools, and data science are increasingly considered part of the toolkit. How do we balance engaging with new advances in technology while avoiding mission creep? How do we build teams to ensure we can respond to the needed skill sets? And how do we matrix ourselves in organizations, such that other functional units can collaborate without feeling territorial? Panelists will share how they have grappled with this challenge and invite others to share out their challenges and successes in responding to the growing role for M&E.


Kate Scaife Diaz

Director of Impact, TechnoServe
Kate Scaife Diaz is the Director of Impact at TechnoServe, a global development non-profit that specializes in private sector approaches to reducing poverty. She oversees all aspects of impact measurement at TechnoServe, which recorded $187 million in new revenue and wages for women... Read More →
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Tariq Khokhar

Managing Director & Chief Data Scientist, The Rockefeller Foundation
Tariq leads the Foundation’s work on using data science to improve people’s lives. This includes integrating data and technology into the Foundation’s initiative areas of Food, Power, Health, and Jobs; and identifying, shaping and scaling breakthrough data science solutions... Read More →

Brett Sedgewick

Director, Deworm the World, Evidence Action
Brett Sedgewick is Director of the Deworm the World Initiative at Evidence Action, which supports governments to provide deworming treatments to more than 250 million children per year. Earlier in his career, Mr. Sedgewick worked with Global Communities implementing their Liberia... Read More →

Thursday September 5, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm EDT
Academy Hall C FHI 360 Conference Center, 1825 Connecticut Ave, 8th Floor, Washington, DC