Objectives of this article are:
This is an assessment conducted with purpose of providing an analytical framework for rating the ability to monitor and evaluate progress in achieving designated goals.
One way of conducting a readiness assessment is by determining the roles and responsibilities of your M&E team. for instance:
Capacity Building requirements
"If you don't know where you are going, any road will take you there." (Alice's adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll 1865).
In order not to wonder in wonderland and having completed the details in step one, it is of importance for the M&E team to gather and agree on a set of outcomes that will be used in the evaluation process.
It involves identiifying problems and issues of concern then
turning them to positive outcomes.
It is important that every member of the M&E team participates in this process. Two, Three, Four Heads are better than one.
It is this set of outcomes that will determine the direction that the M&E will take.
The process of setting and agreeing on outcomes involves the following:
Step 3: Selecting Key Performance indicators to Monitor Outcomes
Baseline: The first measurement of an indicator
Targets are specified objectives that indicate the number, timing and location of that which is to be realized.
The following factor will aid in target selection:
Step 7: The "E" in M&E-Using Evaluation to support a result based management system
Evaluation and Monitoring are complimentary to each other in that in order for an M&E specialist to get good data for evaluation, all data gathered during monitoring ought to be considered. All monitoring leads to an overall assessment of your project which is the evaluation part.
Evaluation is not restricted to assessing causes and changes after intervention or initiatives are over. It is a process usually done at the end of a project. However, there are different methodologies of evaluation. You can opt to undertake it at the begining of a project, in the middle of the project and at the end of the project.
Evaluation process provides the following information:
Pragmatic uses of evaluation
M&E reports are used to:
Presentation of Data in clear and understandable form
There are variuos ways findings can be used. The following are ten ways of how evaluation findings can be used:
Step 10: Sustaining the M&E system within an organization
Six critical components of sustaining effective M&E systems