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Inclusive Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (IMEL)

CEPPS has designed an inclusive monitoring, evaluation, and learning (IMEL) approach to better ensure that an inclusion lens is integrated into all aspects of these processes. By appropriately considering key inclusion questions when developing program indicators, evaluations, reflection sessions, and data collection tools and analysis, for example, CEPPS is better positioned to collect richer, more reliable data that provides more meaningful insight into program interventions and their effect on marginalized populations. 

As a multi-dimensional, systematic approach utilized across all aspects of the program lifecycle, inclusion creates more responsive, representative and accountable social and political structures in which all individuals, regardless of identity, are able to fully enjoy their human rights and exercise their rights as citizens. An IMEL approach, therefore, is grounded in the important questions and issues that should be addressed from an inclusion perspective throughout the program lifecycle. It considers how IMEL practices can be designed in formative stages of a program or when adapting a program to changing program environments; how the design is then operationalized through reliable and effective data collection and reporting; and how this data is then used to consider the effectiveness of the program in addressing inclusion challenges as well as adaptations that may be necessary to advance inclusion concerns in the program. The approach is iterative throughout the program so that challenges and opportunities are consistently addressed through evidence-based approaches promulgated by the IMEL approach. 

Inclusive MEL in the Project Lifecycle


Overview of CEPPS IMEL Approach (click below to download)

Download the Overview of the CEPPS IMEL Approach here.


Gender Assessments

Conducting inclusive gender assessments at program inception is a fundamental step in the CEPPS imel process. Inclusive gender assessments focus on the gendered experiences of different groups of women in a country and help CEPPS better understand: the status of women in the focus country; barriers to women’s participation in political and electoral processes, including any specific target groups such as young women, rural women, women with disabilities etc.; and opportunities for change. Based on data collected on the status of women and their political participation, as well as relevant policies and procedures related to women’s participation in the target country, the assessments improve CEPPS’s understanding of the country’s socio-political context and inform the focus of its programming. The assessment identifies challenges and opportunities for different groups of women in the target country in order to inform CEPPS program design and implementation. 

Find the Gender Assessment Executive Summaries here.