What’s All the Talk About Data-Driven Decision Making? A Practical Guide to Bridge Data Users and Producers

Making Cents International

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Summary of Webinar:

Stakeholders in the youth economic opportunities field are aware of the importance of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) to produce informative data. What happens after the data is collected? Is this data actually used to learn and improve programming?

During this webinar, speakers will share the Structured Experiential Learning (SEL) toolkit that Save the Children uses to build capacity of program managers and M&E staff. The toolkit is designed to guide program managers on how to use routine monitoring data and set up learning loops for continuous program improvement. Through the following steps, the Structured Experiential Learning (SEL) toolkit helps frontline operations staff better use data for smart decision-making:

  1. Define: state a problem
  2. Diagnose: identify root causes and potential solutions
  3. Design: lay out a data-driven strategy to find the best and most cost-effective solution
  4. Test: insure feasibility in the field

Join for step-by-step examples and learn how you can use this toolkit to set up a culture of iterative adaptation in your own work.


Patricia Langan
Skills to Succeed Program Director, Save the Children

Patricia brings extensive experience working with government, foundation and corporate partners to design and implement policies and strategies that help young people develop 21st century learning and technology skills and healthy behaviors, so they can reach their goals as employees, business owners, parents and citizens. Programs she has led in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe, and the former Soviet Union have been recognized with awards, and impacted tens of thousands of young people. Patricia has an M.P.P. degree from the Harvard Kennedy School and a B.A. degree in International Relations from Brown University.     

Andrea Lozano 
Skills to Succeed M&E and Research Specialist, Save the Children

Prior to joining Save the Children, Andrea worked as an international development consultant, focusing on building clients’ capacity to implement empirical research strategies to improve the design, implementation and evaluation of their programs. Before that, she designed and managed impact evaluations in Peru, Zambia and Honduras with Innovations for Poverty Action, Harvard University, University of California, Berkeley and the Inter-American Development Bank. She earned a M.P.A degree from Columbia University, a B.A. degree in Economics from the Tecnologico de Monterrey, in Mexico, and completed graduate studies in International Development with the London School of Economics.  

Arief Firdaus
National MEAL (Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning) Specialist, Save the Children Indonesia

Arief is a Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning Specialist with Save the Children in Indonesia.