MERL Tech explores the role of technology in monitoring, evaluation, research, and learning in development.

Girl Effect participated in three separate sessions at this year’s MERL Tech event in Washington DC – a key event for those working in the fields of research, evaluation and monitoring.

Laura Scanlon, Director of TEGA, gave a keynote on the launch of our recent pilot in Saginaw, Michigan in the US. On Twitter, Christine Martin from USAID Global Development Lab said of the talk: “The best people to collect data are the vulnerable themselves.  Extremely powerful presentation by TEGA on working in U.S.”

Meanwhile, Zoe Dibb, Senior Manager of Evidence for TEGA at Girl Effect, hosted a session on Consent and Ethics in the Information Age, showcasing how Girl Effect has developed solutions to overcome safety and ethical challenges when designing TEGA and, in particular, working with hard to reach girls. Delegates voted Zoe’s session one of the best of the conference.

Separately, Kecia Bertermann – another Senior Manager in our Evidence team – was asked to present Springster as both an example of using research and behavioural science to design content, and designing an innovative measurement framework.