The Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Network Learning Trip in Latin America was a three-day workshop for organizations in the Teach For All network’s Americas region to share strategies and innovations to improve data systems and impact evidence. The event was jointly organized by Enseña Chile and Colegios que Aprenden, providing an experiential learning opportunity to multiple partners in the region. Ten organizations from the Teach For All network attended the event and had the opportunity to learn from external experts about how to measure student outcomes and manage data systems. Enseña Chile alumna and teacher coach, Nishme Zafe, shared her reflections:
Participating in the MEL meeting in the Americas was a great experience for me as a teacher coach for Enseña Chile. The event provided a unique opportunity to share the tremendous value of using data to guide decision making in our work. I was also able to reaffirm Enseña Chile’s best practices and what we should keep doing, and identify areas where we can improve. This was possible thanks to the different spaces in which I could share ideas and experiences with other members of the network.
The event greatly exceeded my expectations. I thought I would learn how data was being used by other Latin American partners in the network, but I did not expect to be able to review and evaluate how we use data in Chile. Nor did I expect to achieve a better understanding of how Enseña Chile's experience can contribute to the growth of other network partners. I was also exposed to new ideas to improve our own practices and established a network of contacts with colleagues from other organizations, which I hope will facilitate future exchanges..