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Promoting Inclusive Markets and Financial Systems


Using Systemic M&E Tools in Feed The Future Uganda: Sensemaker ®

Jul 28, 2015 (Tue), 9:30am-10:30am (US EDT)

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LEO                   The BEAM Exchange

Welcome to a new cycle of webinars focusing on inclusive market facilitation tools. In this special edition we have three 1-hour webinars that form a complete set.

 In this series, Eric Derks and Leanne Rasmussen share learning from this five-year, multi-million dollar USAID program, the objective of which is to increase Ugandan farmers’ use of good quality agro-inputs by fostering more inclusive systemic changes in the agro-inputs industry.



As of late 2014, the program developed and began utilizing an M&E scheme that is expected to:

  • Monitor the feedback from actors in the agro-inputs sector on the program’s interventions and use this information to improve their interventions
  • Gauge systemic change in behavior and business practices—in the agro-inputs industry and explore the impacts on smallholder farmers
  • Explore the limits of reasonable attribution to interventions

 This third webinar in the series, titled “Using Systemic M&E Tools in Feed The Future Uganda: Sensemaker ®,” will look at how the project team used this tool and method to monitor systemic change. Leanne and Eric will share their experiences with using the tool and give recommendations to other practitioners who are interested in applying it.

What is Sensemaker ®?

SenseMaker combines an innovative research methodology with patented software to collect and analyze large quantities of narratives in order to understand complex change. It brings together insights from complexity sciences, anthropology, and cognitive science. It uses participants’ narratives to uncover foundational attitudes and norms that inform and influence behavior.

Stay tuned and check back here for details on other webinars in the series!



This webinar is organized by SEEP's Market Facilitation Initiative (MaFI), USAID's LEO project and the BEAM Exchange as a part of the "Learning with the Toolmakers" webinar series.
See the first webinar here >>

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Eric Derks

Eric Derks designs and advises on system change projects, applying concepts and tools from complexity science. He currently advises on several international market systems initiatives. He recently managed a USAID/Uganda Feed the Future agricultural inputs project, focused on shifting patterns of behavior in Uganda's agro-inputs market.

Leanne Rasmussen

Leanne Rasmussen is an Associate with Adam Smith International, where she is currently working as the Technical Advisor on the USAID Uganda Agricultural Inputs Activity, implemented by Tetra Tech. Previously, she supported various market systems facilitation projects and organizations in East and Southern Africa while working with Pollen Group/Engineers Without Borders Canada. Leanne is interested in how complexity and systems theory translates into practice on market systems and M4P projects, especially with how to measure systemic change.



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