On Friday, October 16, I had the opportunity to attend the MERLTech 2015 conference in Washington, DC. Hosted by Mercy Corps, TechChange, and FHI 360, the conference brought together over 260 people from 157 organizations–a mix of M&E practitioners, researchers, tech lovers and ICT4D enthusiasts. In addition to a phenomenal donor panel and several MERL lightning presentations, I also attended a break out session on data minimalism with Vanessa Corlazzoli from Search for Common Ground, Monalisa Salib from Dexis Consulting Group, and Teresa Crawford from Counterpart International. The session was interactive and well-organized; we talked through methods for identifying key learning questions and techniques for conducting learning activities (a helpful engagement grid is included). Take a look at the key takeaways and major highlights from the conference below!