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Emerging technology and its use in Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning

Part of
Session Three
October 5 - 9
Introductory to intermediate
Recommended for
Comissioners, Evaluators, Practitioners


Apps, biometrics, drones, mobile devices, text analytics, machine learning… Are you wondering how these new and emerging technologies can be applied in your monitoring, evaluation and learning practice? This workshop gives you an overview of each of these technologies and how they are being applied in the field today.
We use a framework for evaluating the utility of different types of technology and understand when it might be (and might not be) most effective to use. We review the pros and cons of different types of technologies and the human and financial costs of deploying them.

This workshop is appropriate for different types of people on the diffusion of innovation scale from those who are early adopters of technology to those who are technology sceptics.


The participants will

  • Understand the basics of the following technologies and how they can be used in monitoring, evaluation and learning:
    • Mobile data collection
    • Internet data collection (Qualtrics, Survey Monkey, Google Forms, etc…)
    • Advances in qualitative data analysis platforms (Atlas.ti, MaxQDA, NViVo, DeDoose)
    • Advances in quantitative data analysis platforms (SPSS, SAS, Stata, R)
    • Application data
    • Sensor data
    • Biometrics
    • Blockchain
    • Drones
    • GIS / Satellite Imagery
    • Crowd Sourcing
    • Social Media Data (Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, other)
    • Radio Frequency Identification
    • Text Analytics (supervised and unsupervised machine learning)
  • Understand the pros, cons, human and financial costs and how each type of technology may affect the quality and rigor of your data
  • Explore the issues of data privacy and good data practice for each technology
  • Develop and apply a framework for evaluating when and how to use existing and possible future technological innovations

recommended for

This workshop is useful for practitioners and commissioners of evaluation who want to better understand technology and its uses. It is not recommended for participants who need to become experts in a particular technology so they can use it directly. Rather, participants will have a general understanding of how these technologies work and their pros and cons. Participants can then pursue deeper studies and practical exercises for the technologies that are of most interest to them. Resources on where to go for more information will be provided.


The workshop is entry to mid-level. Participants should have some knowledge of how technology has been applied to monitoring and evaluation. Participants should have an interest in wanting to apply a framework to evaluate the utility of different technology to their practice. No experience with any particular type of technology is required.


Participants must have an internet capable computer and be able to download files from an email or Google Folder. A basic understanding of data privacy will be helpful.