Benefits of Monitoring and Evaluation

Monitoring and evaluation helps quantify the attainment of program goals and sub-goals:

  • whether the actions were implemented as planned – as conducted in Step 3;
  • whether assumptions made during identification of the problem and its context (Step 1) were correct;
  • whether the actions have resulted in risk reductions; and
  • whether new information has emerged that requires a strengthening and/or modification to the risk management plan.

Monitoring and Evaluation also prompts fresh thinking within organizations and their contacts with external stakeholders.

Why Conduct a Monitoring and/or Evaluation?

As the emphasis on managing for results increases, the demand for rigorous and evidence-based evaluations is rising.

Funders and other stakeholders want to know whether a project has spent its money appropriately and desired outcomes have been achieved.

To address accountability, a monitoring and an evaluation helps to address questions such as:

  • has the project worked?
  • how have resources been spent?
  • should the project continue?

To find lessons learned, an evaluation helps to address the following questions:

  • what are the project's strengths and weaknesses?
  • what are the implementation problems?
  • why have things worked, or not?
  • what are the good practice issues?
Monitoring and evaluation helps quantify the attainment of program goals and sub-goals
Source: Hatfield Consultants
Hatfield Consultants The World Bank funded by the Canadian POPs Trust Fund through the      
Canadian International Development Agency
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