Why do we struggle to measure formal job creation?

Job creation is often seen as a major measurement challenge. There are many suggested reasons for this. Some people complain that jobs are hard to define. Others worry that they’re hard to measure. But the real reason why measurement is challenging is simple; most development programmes don’t create jobs, and it’s very hard to measure what isn’t there.  The reason is that most private sector development programmes bring about incremental change. A successful programme might increase productivity by 25% or…

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The DCED Standard for Results Measurement: Four Lessons from an Audit of Enterprise Partners

This blog was first published on the Enterprise Partners website. I love working as a Monitoring and Results Measurement (MRM) specialist. Firstly, because it’s intellectually stimulating and you really contribute to the effectiveness of the project. Secondly – and this is a secret among MRM managers – because you can criticise other people’s work, while few people are in a position to criticise you. When a project manager comes to you with a new project proposal, you can dismiss it…

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Quarterly Sector Reviews: putting adaptive management into practice

This blog was originally published on the Beam Exchange here. Adaptive management has increasingly become an area of interest for development practitioners. This has led to a strong demand for simple processes and tools to foster continual learning and evidence-based decision making. As market systems programmes work in a rapidly changing environment, organisations need to set up systems which allows decisions to be made in real time. Enterprise Partners (EP) is a DFID funded project based in Ethiopia (duration: 2013…

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