Many organizations, both for-profit and non-profit, are increasingly being held accountable for results and outcomes. The idea of measuring outputs has become increasingly out of date; rather, the focus is on measuring the results of your programme.
This means that monitoring and evaluation has become one of the most important aspects of any project, since it helps you decide whether you are moving in the right direction and doing things right.
As part of the project monitoring and evaluation process, you’ll need to keep a close eye on your project, both after it’s been implemented and over the life of the project. This should be a part of your work as a monitoring and evaluation (M&E) officer, but it’s important to understand what it entails so you’ll know how to do it and how far to take it.
The first step to project monitoring and evaluation is getting an overview of your project and its goals. This process will be different depending on whether it’s part of an ongoing project or a newly implemented one.
Project performance are both crucial aspects of managing a project effectively. Being able to answer questions like: "How are we doing?", "Am I on track?" and "Am I doing the right things?" will help you evaluate your work and make adjustments as needed. To assess your project’s performance, you’ll need to identify what needs to be monitored, how to collect the data, and how to analyze it. This guide will help project managers, programme managers, team leaders, and other stakeholders monitor and evaluate a project's performance.
How to get started with project monitoring and evaluation?
If you want to get started with project monitoring and evaluation, you need to ask yourself a few questions. But, don’t worry, we’ve already answered them below. What are you trying to accomplish? Why do you want to measure and evaluate? And, finally, do you have the resources to conduct impact evaluation?