Why Monitoring and Evaluation is Critical to Development Projects

M&E are independent practices that are usually dedicated to the assessment of your project overall performance. Monitoring is a Long term process that is systematic and is used to gather information with regards to progress made on project implementation. It usually is time specific and it's performed to judge whether a project has achieved its goals or whether it has delivered the expectation on the plan.

 

Why M&E is important

First and foremost, Monitoring & Evaluation are critical and crucial for various organizations in order to assess if projects are achieving their intended purpose. This will easily help in decision making in case any major strategic changes need to be made.

Secondly, Major Donors find M&E Critical and thus need it to assess whether funding grants given by them as development partners is well implemented and used. By reviewing this they can make decisions on accountability of your organization of the use and management of project funding.

 

Factors to consider during monitoring and evaluation strategy development

Output Monitoring: Get an elaborate methodology to constantly monitor the development projects such as to make the final output consistent in comparison to the monitoring process. For instance, if you’re looking to build 25 employee capacity on the use of specific software’s such as StataNvivo or even GIS, make sure you even monitor the progress they make weekly thus providing evidence on how the final output has been met or achieved.

Outcome and impacts monitoring: The impact and outcomes are more challenging to assess. It may e simple to measure the success of a project via stating how and that a goal was achieved, to measure the impact of activities may be dynamic and more difficult. Through designing M&E strategy to enable assessment of impacts and outcomes, you will be able to prove to your supervisor, funding partner or even the government that the activities that were implemented will have a positive outcome.

Evaluation: State the milestones of the project and final outputs clearly. This will strengthen the consistency of the project. Secondly, ensure that the donors or development partners have concrete ways to assess the minor and major final results of the project.

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