Monitoring and Evaluation: an Integral Part of the Developmental Strategy
Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) framework is mandatory requirement to bring in accountability of project leads and teams to key-decision makers and to donors. A robust M&E framework helps informing decision makers and donors about the progress achieved in various aspects of the project.
- M&E helps the organizations evaluate its own progress.
- Support operational management in strengthening the way an organization implements its projects by providing feedback on what worked and what did not during the monitoring and evaluation phase
- Assist strategic management teams in evaluating operations and shed light on the direction of the new programmes that the organization shall get engaged.
- Benefit is knowledge creation.
There are various Steps in M&E
i) Situational analysis – looks at the needs, capacities, and experiences of the organization – to bring out alignment to the organizational motivations for such a strategy, who will lead the strategy (since the strategy should be transparent and participatory), key stakeholders and their interests
ii) Design phase. During this phase the organization identifies adequate indicators and select data collection tools, and also identify the policy influence objectives in place. Design phase include identifying outputs, outcomes, policy goals, and impact.
iii) Implementation – The organization should put in place all the institutional capacity needed including financial resources, and human resources such as leadership
iv) Learning and reflection against the goals by indicators set initially underlining the main purpose of implementing the program
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