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The monitoring and evaluation (M&E) process is turning into a spry new creature with technology. With increasing emphasis on real-time feedback, more rigorous data collection, and quantifiable results, the spread and use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in monitoring and evaluation — ‘ICT4M&E’ in short — has sparked massive interest, particularly in the Global South. However, despite clear benefits of…

Development programs have to prove that they have had a strong and positive impact. Different types of evaluations are invaluable in showing the benefits of a program to backers, sponsors, and program beneficiaries. In the past, measuring development programs involved pen-and-paper surveys and many people. This was inefficient, expensive and time consuming, and at times it resulted in inaccurate data. The…

Development professionals work to make positive change happen through their programs and initiatives. However, it is very hard for them to measure their projects’ impact and evaluate how efficient they are. The best development projects are identified by their impact and their efficiency, and the best way to measure these is through a good project monitoring and evaluation system. In the…

In recent years, organizations and employees are being measured not on their stories, but on their numbers. When you introduce your organization, people will always ask you about your numbers — What’s your reach? What’s your impact? Meanwhile, funders and senior management are running after the concepts of big data — year-over-year increase in reach, impact measurements, geographic comparisons, and…

Success depends in knowing what works.Bill Gates Effective monitoring and evaluation is often called the holy grail of the development sector. An ideological turf war is being fought between the altruistic intentions of the heart of the field worker and the neoliberal rationality of the funding organization executive, writing out the checks that drive the social good sector. “How much bang…