What is Monitoring & Evaluation System?
Designing Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system is crucial for improving performance and ensuring success of the Sustainability & CSR project.
Monitoring is a periodically recurring task already beginning in the planning stage of the Sustainability & CSR project. It helps clarify project objectives, link activities & resources to the objective and translates them into performance indicator to set targets. It allows results, processes and experiences to be documented and helps us understand the status of the project at any given time. Monitoring acts as an alert that warns us about a problem to be remedied. The data acquired through monitoring is used for comparing actual results with the target for evaluation.
Evaluation is assessing, as systematically and objectively as possible, a completed or ongoing Sustainability & CSR project and help us understand why the intended results were achieved/ not achieved. It deals with the questions of cause & effect. It looks at relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability of particular intervention.
The M&E system that provides the information needed to assess and guide the project strategy, ensure effective operations, meet internal and external reporting requirements, and inform future programming.
Though there is not a single, recognized industry standard for assessing the quality of an M&E system. However, some key criteria summarized are (IFAD 2002, pp. 4-20): Utility of the information, Feasibility of the M&E plan, Propriety of M&E activities conducted and Accuracy of the information.
What we Do?
Each Sustainability & CSR project may have different M&E needs, depending on the operating context, capacity, funding organizations requirements and other factors. We understand these needs and develop methods and tools to meet them. This helps conserve resources and streamline M&E planning.
The methods used can include the Logical Framework (LogFrame) approach, Rapid appraisal methods, Participatory methods, etc. Based on the methods used and indicators identified, the data collection tool is defined. we use scientifically approved data collection tools and can include checklists, forms, surveys, Key informant interview, Focus Group Discussion, Community group interview, Beneficiary assessment, stakeholder analysis, participatory methods, etc.,
The actual tools and methodologies used for the impact assessment will depend upon the nature and objectives of your Sustainability & CSR project.
How Monitoring & Evaluation of Project benefits you?
- Assess and demonstrates Sustainability & CSR projects effectiveness in achieving its objectives and/or impacts on people’s lives
- Improves internal learning and decision making about Sustainability & CSR project design, how the group operates, and implementation i.e. about success factors, barriers, which approaches work/ don’t work etc
- Empowers and motivates volunteers and supporters
- Ensures accountability to key stakeholders (e.g. community, Community members/supporters, the wider movement, funders, supporters)
- Can Iinfluence the government policy & help share learning with other communities and the wider movement
- Leads to evidence based approach about effectiveness and limits of community action.