The Need for Monitoring and Evaluation

Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have used monitoring and evaluation, or mergers and acquisitions, to evaluate programs for decades. For the European Union, United Nations, World Bank and other development banks, M&E is involved in their organizational processes. Many have also published M&E toolkit to promote understanding and uptake. Associations in countries such as the Swiss Evaluation […] →Read more

Program Accountability

Program accountability (sometimes called accountability to or less than the affected population) describes how we try to be accountable to children and the communities we serve. They are often in a vulnerable position where the most powerful decision makers, including organizations, neglect their needs, rights and ideas. Program governance involves how organizations use power responsibly […] →Read more

Civil Society

Civil society is a group of civil society organizations that civilians voluntarily form to promote common goals or interests. These include independent public research organizations, interest groups, human rights and democracy organizations, humanitarian organizations, private foundations and foundations, charities, corporations, associations and non-profit organizations. It does not include political parties. →Read more

Target Population

Target groups are those individuals or groups that a project or program is targeting with its intervention. A target group consists of specific individuals, specific organizations, or specific institutions, etc. for whom project services are intended. Target groups can differ from beneficiaries of a project for whom the benefits of the intervention are intended. (E.g. […] →Read more

Hard Outcomes

They are defined as measurable and often easy to measure (e.g. organizations raise more money through training than through better fundraising). Hard results are no better than soft results, just different. →Read more

Transformational Development Indicators

Transformational Development Indicators (TDI) are a set of program-level indicators designed to measure the quality of life of communities. TDI aims to demonstrate the quality of life of communities, families and children by facilitating community, sustainable and transformative development (TD / ADP) programs →Read more

When should indicators be developed?

Indicators should be developed at the beginning of program and can help researchers and program managers to track program progress throughout the program and measure program outcomes at the end. →Read more

Who should develop indicators?

Indicators should be developed by researchers in collaboration with program staff and colleagues from any governmental or non-governmental organization that is designing the program and who have a clear understanding of the program’s goals and objectives. Once agreed upon, the indicators will provide a common framework for all stakeholders, program managers and staff, researchers and […] →Read more

Why are indicators necessary?

To monitor program progress and progress toward certain goals, you need to be able to measure this change over time. Indicators provide data that can be measured to show changes in relevant program areas. While community partners and key stakeholders help design the program, it is ultimately the responsibility of the organization to evaluate its […] →Read more

When should a Monitoring and Evaluation Plan be developed?

An M&E plan should be developed at the beginning of the program when the intervention is planned. Ensures that a system is in place to monitor and evaluate the success of the program. →Read more