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Tegemeo Institute – MLE Study

A scoping study to evaluate and improve Tegemeo’s ICT enabled Monitoring, Learning and Evaluation (MLE) capacity.



The study will ensure that the Tegemeo Institute has a set of prioritised ICT enabled MLE development objectives related to the organisational, procedural, technical (skills and knowledge) and technological (equipment and infrastructure) capacity enhancements required to support their future strategic development, along with an indicative cost breakdown for their phased development over the next three years. The project sought to understand a range of issues including what the MLE needs of the agricultural development practitioners and donors were as well as considering what kind of support, both technical and professional was needed for effective ICT enabled monitoring, learning and evaluation.



The Tegemeo Institute of Agricultural Policy and Development conducts research and analysis of policy that effects agricultural and rural development, natural resources and the environment. The Institute is under the Division of Research and Extension at Egerton University in Kenya. Other stakeholders include Firetail and ALINe. Tegemeo influences the policy formation of governments, particularly in Kenya.



The study began with a mapping exercise online with Tegemeo staff to identify which development donors and practitioners should be considered during the process, and which organisations would be selected to evaluate their capacities in relation to ICT enabled MLE. This helped to design the field research and interview data that was the next stage of the study. Field research was conducted within the institute to understand their existing technical and human capabilities associated with ICT enabled MLE though interviews and observations. Aptivate presented these findings and together with Tegemeo staff, reflected on them, then before drafting a report and a set of recommendations for Tegemeo to improve the efficiency and reliability of their ICT enabled MLE and capacity to support their work. The final recommendations included process and capacity enhancements for the use of mobile based ICT, evaluation of technology, selection decisions, full cost mapping and a core focus on the training of staff to use relatively low cost ICT equipment to its full potential.