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Our toolbox for data collection

Our toolbox for data collection

Our toolbox for primary data collection To collect primary data (data that we need to collect first ourselves), we can rely on a sophisticated tool box – largely from social sciences – that has been developed over decades. Let’s look at some important tools available to us:   Tools for quantitative data collection For quantitative ... Read More
 
‘Monitoring’? ‘Evaluation’? Isn’t that the same anyway?

‘Monitoring’? ‘Evaluation’? Isn’t that the same anyway?

‘Monitoring’? ‘Evaluation’? Isn’t that the same? Don’t be fooled.  The fact that the terms Monitoring and Evaluation often goes together and is called “M&E” is somewhat misleading. It is true that Monitoring & Evaluation frequently share similar tools and methods. While they are interrelated, Monitoring & Evaluation are clearly separate activities. What is it anyway? When ... Read More
 
Why become a Monitoring & Evaluation specialist?

Why become a Monitoring & Evaluation specialist?

Why become a Monitoring & Evaluation specialist? The profession of a Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist You may already know that, but: Monitoring and Evaluation is about measuring and tracking results of government and development programmes and judging their value. Monitoring and Evaluation has for decades been a standard management tool for the United Nations and ... Read More
 

Three reasons why M&E is (and has to!) rapidly change

Three reasons why M&E is (and has to!) rapidly change Monitoring and Evaluation is an exciting area of work because it is currently undergoing rapid changes. Countries and organizations are increasingly taking innovative approaches to monitor and evaluate the performance of programmes, policies, services or organizations. There are several reasons why this is happening. ‘Results’ ... Read More
 
The results chain: a beginner’s guide

The results chain: a beginner’s guide

The results chain: a beginner’s guide Monitoring and Evaluation is about measuring and tracking results. That is why it is important to understand what results are, and how to distinguish between different levels of results. In general, a “result” is something that happens or exists because of something else that has happened: the results of a football game the final ... Read More
 
Indicators in the Age of Open Data

Indicators in the Age of Open Data

Indicators in the Age of Open Data In the age of open data, indicators have to be clear, credible and proportional. It is a game changer for M&E: Communication skills using indicators suddenly become a core qualification. More and more organizations make their data on aid, development and humanitarian flows accessible online as a result ... Read More