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.

Evaluation Questions—Determining What We Want to Know

Evaluation Questions—Determining What We Want to Know

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A Monitoring and Evaluation Framework needs to adopt a primary focus on what we want to know, rather than simply on what we can readily measure. Matching this intent, significant emphasis is placed on the role of evaluation questions in the development of the Monitoring and Evaluation Framework to provide focus for the complementary processes of monitoring and evaluation. Well-crafted questions, clearly linked to the purpose of monitoring and evaluation will reinforce both the relevance and usefulness of our investigations. Evaluation questions are critical in the formulation of both the Monitoring Plan and the Evaluation Plan that are key operational sections of the Monitoring and Evaluation Framework. This chapter examines both the purpose of evaluation questions ...

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