This practical book provides clear, step-by–step guidance on how to develop a monitoring and evaluation framework in a participatory, logical, systematic, and integrated way. The authors outline the key stages and steps involved, including: scoping the framework; identifying planned results; using program theory and program logic; developing evaluation questions; identifying processes for ongoing data collection and analysis; determining means to promote learning; reporting; and dissemination of results. A final chapter focuses on planning for implementation of the framework, with reference to the broader program and organizational context. The authors draw on their extensive experience in developing monitoring and evaluation frameworks to provide examples of good practice that inform organizational learning and decision making, while offering tips and guidelines that can be used to address common pitfalls.

Foundation Concepts

Foundation Concepts

This chapter introduces and discusses the concepts that are central to the approach adopted in this text. Subsequent chapters elaborate on the groundwork established here. The five foundation concepts which collectively represent and support the approach to the design of a Monitoring and Evaluation Framework are depicted in Figure 2.1 and summarized in the text that follows.

The following key concepts inform the design of a Monitoring and Evaluation Framework:

  • Multiple purposes for monitoring and evaluation: The purposes served by monitoring and evaluation are likely to include tracking the progress of program implementation, identifying results, providing a basis for accountability to funders and stakeholders, facilitating learning, guiding program improvement, and informing decision-making processes.
  • Informed by Results-Based Management (RBM): The approach is informed by and incorporates ...

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