This event was a session at the Food Security COVID-19 Learning Event.
The pandemic has presented new challenges as we try to evaluate an emerging threat while still providing services and support to vulnerable communities. Several teams found ways to use existing or design new tools to improve their ability to monitor rapidly changing contexts, plan for possibilities, and make more informed choices. In this session, attendees took a detailed look at two such tools, one for monitoring markets and the other for scenario planning. Both offer data-driven, accessible approaches to adaptive management that can be used in highly disruptive situations, like COVID-19, and in our usual contexts.
Leslie Otto, Catholic Relief Services
Leslie Otto is the COVID19 Market & Supply Chain Monitoring System Coordinator at Catholic Relief Services (CRS). She supports CRS country programs across sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America in their monitoring of intervention markets to inform programming. She has a Masters is Public Administration from the University of Washington and a BA in Psychology from Gonzaga University. She is based in Seattle, Washington.
Andrea Procopio, IMPAQ International
Andrea Procopio is a specialist in monitoring, evaluation, and learning with 17 years of experience. As the Senior Strategic Learning Advisor (SLA) for the USAID Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance (BHA)-funded Graduating to Resilience activity in Uganda, Andrea supports rigorous research to facilitate evidence-based decision making. She leads development and refinement of the activity theory of change, review of M&E data for learning and decision making, qualitative data collection, scenario planning, and research to refine implementation and answer learning agenda questions.