Guidelines for Monitoring, Learning, and Evaluation Plan

The MacArthur Foundation approaches all of our work dynamically. Our plans are never static. As such, we anticipate that applicants to 100&Change will offer plans that are also dynamic. To offer additional guidance to those applicants, we place a high priority on monitoring, learning, and evaluation. Further, we value monitoring, learning, and evaluation activities that are capable of adapting, as the context may change and as the work evolves, yet sufficiently rigorous to document and measure results, learn from them, course correct, and adapt, as necessary. If you are selected as a 100&Change Semi-finalist, you will be required to submit a detailed plan for monitoring, learning, and evaluation. Please take time to understand how the MacArthur Foundation defines those terms and the questions that a Semi-Finalist will need to address.

Here are some of the issues that we expect you to address in your monitoring plan:


If you are selected as a Semi-Finalist, you will need to outline your plan to measure progress toward the achieving the specified results of your solution. Any Semi-Finalist will identify measurable outcomes. Outcomes are the direct benefits of your intervention (solution) as well as other changes that may be a consequence of the intervention and that might dilute or detract from those intended benefits. Among the types of questions we expect to be addressed are the following:


If you are selected as a Semi-Finalist, you will need to outline your plan for learning. Among the types of questions we expect to be addressed are the following: