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.

The Monitoring Plan

The Monitoring Plan

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The Monitoring Plan determines how monitoring will contribute to answering the evaluation questions. The evaluation questions represent a common reference point incorporated in both the Monitoring Plan and the Evaluation Plan, these being key subsections of the Monitoring and Evaluation Framework. With the evaluation questions as a focus, the Monitoring Plan provides a guide to the ongoing and systematic collection of routine performance information. Monitoring particularly highlights the progress of implementation and identifies early results being produced.

1. Introduction

Program monitoring is integral to, and fully aligned with, program evaluation. Evaluation questions that are organized under the five domains of appropriateness, effectiveness, efficiency, impact, and sustainability, and linked to program theory and program logic, guide the collection and analysis of monitoring data ...

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