Writing reports can often feel like a tedious task. We’ve all been there – staring at a blank page, struggling to find the right words to convey our message. And if we’re bored while writing it, just imagine how other people will feel when they read it. Clearly, we’re doing something wrong. But reporting is […]
Monitoring and Evaluation are about measuring and tracking results. That is why it is important to understand what results are, and how to distinguish between different levels of the results chain. In general, a “result” is something that happens or exists because of something else that has happened: In development and governance, we use a more nuanced understanding of different types of ‘results’: the so-called result chain. The results chain distinguished between […]
Monitoring policy work is tricky. But it doesn’t have to be. It’s not impossible – and certainly can be useful. Here is a proposal of how it can be done. We need a tool! This tool measures the extent to which an organization has influenced changes in policies. It can be used to monitor advocacy at the outcome level. The tool allows […]
Once we have agreed on a clever, limited set of indicators, all seems good. However, we are not yet there. For most indicators, we can choose a specific ‘angle’.
Don’t be fooled. The fact that the terms Monitoring and Evaluation often go together and are called “M&E” is somewhat misleading. When governments or development organisations use the term “Monitoring & Evaluation”, however, they mean something very specific: Monitoring & Evaluation is about collecting and analysing data and reporting on findings on how well a programme, a policy, a service or an organisation is performing, and […]
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’ ARE HERE TO STAY First, citizens, parliaments and donors are rightly demanding to know what results are […]