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Learning Briefs | December 1, 2012

M&E in a Complex Operating Environment

Learning From CRS in Malawi

This publication is based on a learning exercise concerning the monitoring and evaluation system for a five-year, $80-million program in Malawi. The document explains how the SMILER M&E system has succeeded and what lessons CRS learned from the experience.


  • Executive Summary

  • Introduction and Background

  • Wellness and Agriculture for Life Advancement – WALA

  • SMILER M&E System Defined

  • WALA M&E SMILER Learning Exercise

  • The WALA SMILER M&E Story

  • Lessons Learned from I-LIFE

  • WALA SMILER Coaching Session

  • Finalizing the M&E System

  • WALA SMILER M&E System

  • Successes, Challenges, and Lessons

  • SMILER – New Developments