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.

Program Theory and Program Logic as Foundations for the Monitoring and Evaluation Framework

Program Theory and Program Logic as Foundations for the Monitoring and Evaluation Framework

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The approach adopted for the development of a Monitoring and Evaluation Framework in this text is program theory-driven. Accordingly, it uses program theory and program logic at its foundation.

Program theory outlines the theory, reasoning, and assumptions as to how and why the strategies employed by a program will work to produce the intended results. This is represented in a narrative or visual presentation of a causal model.

Program logic visually maps the steps involved in progressing from a program’s actions to its intended results by identifying its expected sequence of inputs, activities, outputs, outcomes, and impacts. This is presented in diagram, frequently appearing as an arrangement of connected boxes or columns.

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