Overview of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)
What is Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)?
Monitoring is defined as an ongoing, routine impact assessment used to measure actual progress against initial goals based on pre-determined metrics. Though the purposes of monitoring a project differ over the course of its life, by providing dynamic feedback to our management team, it enables us to track progress, identify problems, measure impact and ultimately improve project design.
Evaluation, on the other hand, is focused on results. By evaluating outcomes at the end of a project, and at key points throughout the life of the project, we are able to design better-targeted, more cost-effective programs. Because we carefully document what we have learned, evaluation also helps us to establish best practices for the future and to share key takeaways with all of the stakeholders involved, including host communities of the project, partnering organizations, and development professionals.