Data

The age of open data

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The age of data Data, information and knowledge Professional Monitoring and Evaluation is based on hard facts: data, information knowledge and understanding. Let us take a closer look at these concepts: What is data? As you will know, data is a collection of objective facts, such as numbers, words, images, measurements, observations or even just descriptions […]

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Our toolbox for data collection

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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 […]

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

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‘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 […]

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Why become a Monitoring & Evaluation specialist?

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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 […]