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September 22-25, 2014
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Innovations in Measuring Impacts in Market and Financial Systems: Questions to be Asked
This plenary brings together practitioners and experts to explore cutting edge thinking and inquiry in effective ways to measure results of market and financial development interventions. Markets and financial systems are complex and constantly changing. Even after thorough analysis and strategic planning, these changes are unpredictable and surprising. Project interventions at the same time often lead to unforeseen or unanticipated outcomes. The dynamics and non-linear behavior of market systems create specific challenges for understanding change inducted by development interventions. One of the key challenges is to answer the questions how project interventions change structural characteristics of the market system and how this translates to the level of the beneficiaries. Effective monitoring systems must make use of approaches that embrace the dynamic nature of markets. Alongside demonstrating project-level impacts, monitoring systems should deliver relevant information in real time to help project managers to navigate unforeseen changes and adapt interventions. Recent research in complex social systems improves our understanding of how market and financial systems work. It provides new insights that build the foundation for innovations in monitoring systems. The panelists will share their perspectives on how findings of complex systems research can inform new approaches to results measurement, the principles to follow, and pathways for their application by practitioners and donors.
Questions to be addressed include:
- What are current challenges in measuring results in market and financial development projects?
- What are practical lessons from the research of complex systems that can be integrated into our work?
- What are the tools and resources that help us appreciating and embracing complexity applicable to finance and market development?
- What does embracing complexity mean for the way forward in the design and implementation of projects in general and monitoring systems in particular?