Monitoring and evaluation, or M&E, has become a popular concept in global development, yet many people don’t know what it actually is. This is understandable since M&E is a broad term that encompasses many different activities and disciplines.
At its most basic, M&E is the process of collecting, analyzing, and using information to improve development projects, programs, and policies.
Why is monitoring and evaluation important?
Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) should be a core part of any programme. It is an integral component of helping ensure that the programme is being implemented as planned and is having the required impact.
Programmes that track their progress through M&E can also be used to plan and analyse activities, identify learning, and adapt strategies as necessary. In this blog, we will cover why M&E is important, how it helps, and some tips on how to get it right.
Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) is a vital tool in measuring the effectiveness of a project in achieving its goals and improving future projects. Although it can be time-consuming and daunting, good M&E can save organizations time and money, while also giving them a better idea of what is working and what is not. (More can be done for this blog as the ideas are limitless and the introduction is just a sample)
Why is Monitoring & Evaluation important for NGOs?
Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) describes a set of activities that are central to the development work of non-governmental organizations. They are essential for an organization’s accountability to its sponsors, beneficiaries, and community, and ultimately to the public.
An M&E plan is a road map that outlines everything from the plan’s objectives to key indicators for measuring progress. It is important to note that a monitoring and evaluation plan is quite different from the planning process as a whole, which involves the design of the project.
What is the Purpose of a Monitoring and Evaluation?
Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) is a process of gathering information that helps us to understand the impacts and effectiveness of projects. M&E is used to find out whether the project is achieving its goals.
There are two main reasons for carrying out M&E: to ensure that the project is on track to achieve its goals and to learn from the experience of the project. M&E is also an important tool for learning about the impacts and effectiveness of the project.
This information can then be used by project staff and management to improve the project's design and implementation. In this way, M&E is often used as a learning tool during the lifetime of the project.