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Programs seeking to challenge and change gender and power relationships require a nimble, evolving monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) system that helps make sense of how nonlinear complex social change happens. This article describes efforts by Oxfam Canada to develop such a system for a women’s rights and gender equality program. The system, which we call a feminist learning system (FLS), is an interconnected, nonlinear system that emerged over the program life cycle and responded to evaluative challenges and information needs we encountered along the way. The learning-oriented focus of the system differentiates it from more standard approaches to monitoring and evaluation. We situate the system within current evaluation thinking and research, arguing that it represents a merging of developmental evaluation and feminist evaluation. The synergistic fit of the two approaches provided an evaluative framework that strengthened Oxfam Canada’s ability to monitor, evaluate, and learn from our highly complex program. It also provided a lens that viewed MEL activities as part of a continuum of social transformation that reinforced programmatic goals related to women’s rights and gender equality.

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Comment by KALYANI MENON-SEN on May 13, 2015 at 8:36

Hi Carol - good to see this piece - very useful - KALYANI

Comment by Carol Miller on May 11, 2015 at 18:23

Please contact me at and I will see what I can do.


Comment by Rituu B Nanda on May 11, 2015 at 14:34

Yes Michael and Sarita, we do not have access to the full article. 

Comment by Sarita Ranchod on May 11, 2015 at 14:33

Hi Rituu, I've tried these links and they only give us access to the abstract...

Comment by Michael Alan Moore on May 11, 2015 at 14:32


To access the site you have either to join the network or make a payment.



Comment by Rituu B Nanda on May 11, 2015 at 14:27

I have shared the article on our facebook page, Twitter and our group on bibliographic references

Michael, try this link for Carol's article

Comment by Sarita Ranchod on May 11, 2015 at 14:27

Hello, could you please share this article in a way that those of us who don't have journal access can still read it? There's either a link problem or it's closed access… It's only possible to see the abstract at present.

Comment by Michael Alan Moore on May 11, 2015 at 14:21


Could you kindly check the link? I may the only one having difficulty opening it, so do apologise in advance if this is the case.



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