Issue 29 : Monitoring and evaluation

Many years of experience in the field had led David Watson to question the value of monitoring and evaluation. Recently, a range of innovative to M&E approaches has given him new hope. Here he explains why.

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The way forward

29 October 2010

In the 1970s and early 1980s, many developing countries invested substantial amounts in education and research. Some academic centres reached promising levels of scientific excellence. The University of Khartoum in Sudan, for example, was one of the best universities in the developing world.

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Mohamed H.A. Hassan, Executive Director, Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS), Trieste, Italy

The managing for impact approach

29 October 2010

There are increasing calls for new M&E approaches that encourage learning and participation. The authors explain how the managing for impact approach places M&E at the centre of learning and management processes.

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Mine Pabari, Regional consultant, Strengthening Managing for Impact Programme (SMIP), Kenya
Jim Woodhill, Wageningen International Programme for Capacity Development and Institutional Change, Wageningen, the Netherlands

Strengthening systems for results-based M&E

29 October 2010

The World Bank’s BRAVA programme is assisting the government of Brazil in the development of systems for results-based M&E. Strengthening these systems from both the top down and the bottom up can have considerable demonstration effects.

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Pedro Olinto, World Bank, Washington, DC, USA
Yasuhiko Matsuda, World Bank, Washington, DC, USA
Kathy Lindert, World Bank, Washington, DC, USA

Sharing local governance M&E tools

29 October 2010

The members of REDL, a network of development actors working in the field of decentralisation and local government in West Africa, are documenting, analysing and sharing their methods and lessons learned. Now no one has to reinvent the wheel.

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Christiane Loquai, European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM), Maastricht, the Netherlands
Sonia Le Bay, Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV Mali)/Réseau de réflexion et d’echanges sur le développement local (REDL), Bamako, Mali

Participatory video for monitoring and evaluation

29 October 2010

Participatory video lends itself well to project monitoring and evaluation. Chris Lunch, director of Insight, describes how communities are using video to capture and interpret stories of significant change.

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Chris Lunch, Insight, Oxford, UK

Fostering African M&E expertise

29 October 2010

Oumoul Ba Tal is chair of the African Evaluation Association (AfrEA). She believes that evaluations can contribute to development, provided they go beyond the level of projects and programmes.

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Martine van der Horn

Focusing on spirit

29 October 2010

Barry Kibel has designed and implemented evaluations for complex programmes. Here he explains journey mapping, its use in monitoring and evaluation, and how it can contribute to capacity development.

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Barry M. Kibel Senior program manager, Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE), Tucson, Arizona, USA

Enhancing learning in the M&E process

29 October 2010

The Ceja Andina project has shown that with Outcome Mapping it is possible to engage a wide range of stakeholders in monitoring and evaluation that can satisfy the need for accountability as well as learning about the process of change.

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Kaia Ambrose, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Ceja Andina Project, orporación EcoPar, Quito, Ecuador

Embracing innovative practice

29 October 2010

Many years of experience in the field had led David Watson to question the value of monitoring and evaluation. Recently, a range of innovative to M&E approaches has given him new hope. Here he explains why.

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David Watson, DFID Accredited Governance Consultant and ECDPM Associate

Building a shared vision for change

29 October 2010

In promoting a community-based approach to natural resources management, the ISDA project has learned that influential ‘champions’ are essential for building an agreed vision for change, and for getting the changes to stick.

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Theo Nabben, Former National LandCare Facilitator, Institutional Strengthening Departments of Agriculture (ISDA) project, South Africa

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