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Strategic Program for Analyzing Complexity and Evaluating Systems

Monitoring Evaluation Research and Learning




SPACES MERL is a consortium created by the US Global Development Lab at USAID. SPACES MERL consists of four key players: the Global Obesity Prevention Center (GOPC) at Johns Hopkins, LINC, Global Knowledge Initiative (GKI) and ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) who collaborate with USAID to help transform decision-making and interventions in development.

SPACES MERL aims to bring a variety of complex systems tools and methodologies to provide a comprehensive systems analysis. The complex systems tools will help to better understand and address the dynamic factors involved in international development.

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SPACES MERL will bring systems awareness to international development through the following objectives: