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Quality Data for Monitoring and Evaluation

Data is a key component of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) work. On one level, M&E planning involves identifying information needs and defining measures and... Read Full Article

Lessons from My First Evaluation Assignment

I learned a lot from my first evaluation consultancy. After I completed American University’s Certificate in Project Monitoring and Evaluation, I was offered an... Read Full Article

Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning in Governance

Good governance requires that citizens monitor power-holders and that power-holders evaluate whether their systems and practices produce the intended positive impact on citizens’ lives. In order for our work on governance and... Read Full Article

Emerging Technology Trends in M&E

Technology is playing a large role in the recent trends we are seeing in monitoring and evaluation. In response to increasing demands for more inclusive and timely stakeholder feedback and faster (real-time) data, technology is... Read Full Article

Lessons Learned from a New Evaluation Consultant

I am used to blank stares and polite nods when strangers ask what I do for a living. “An evaluator?” they ask with a curious head tilt. Evaluation is not a commonly understood occupation. In fact, most... Read Full Article

Qualitative Methods in Monitoring and Evaluation: Interviewing Tips

Gathering very rich, detailed, emic data! This is the purpose of our qualitative interviews. As evaluators, we need to think through what questions and interview situations facilitate the collection of the kinds of data that we... Read Full Article

Why Measurement & Evaluation is Important Today as a Project Management Tool

As a project management tool, Measurement and Evaluation is a rapidly expanding field that has proven invaluable to any institute or organization, both public and private, government and non-government which utilizes programs and... Read Full Article

Qualitative Methods in Monitoring and Evaluation: Ethical Considerations in Qualitative Research

Evaluators use the emic perspective, and qualitative data collection techniques, to understand the how and why around a project. This can give us insight into the planning, implementation, outputs, and sometimes even impact of a... Read Full Article

Qualitative Methods in Monitoring and Evaluation: Free Lists

One way to gather emic, or insider perspective, definitions of project concepts and indicators is to conduct free list interviews, wherein the evaluator asks respondents to list the terms... Read Full Article

Impactful Quantitative Analysis in Evaluation Research

Quantitative approaches can be the vehicle deploying the scientific method in evaluation research. Good quantitative analyses start with using a program’s logical frame (or theory of change) to construct a testable evaluation... Read Full Article