This webpage contains reflections, advice and opinion on M&E, capacity building and related topics. The opinions expressed are my own and the content is not intended to reflect the views of any of my past, present or future employers.

 

Top Ten Tips for Evaluation Capacity Building in Organizations

Top Ten Tips for Evaluation Capacity Building in Organizations

Much of my work as monitoring and evaluation (M&E) professional has not simply been practicing M&E, but developing the capacity of others to practice, manage, support and/or use M&E. I am not alone as other evaluation colleagues have echoed similar

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Context Analysis Checklist for M&E Capacity Development

Context Analysis Checklist for M&E Capacity Development

Effective M&E capacity development requires a realistic understanding of the context in which M&E capacities are to be developed and used.  This includes the organizational structure and culture in which capacity development occurs, as well as the broader operational context

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Adult Learning Principles (& Tips) for M&E Training

Adult Learning Principles (& Tips) for M&E Training

The increasing demand for M&E has fostered a surplus of resources on the practice of M&E, but much less on training others in M&E. Furthermore, much of the existing literature on the topic is rather academic, with little discussion of

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Counting People Reached – Navigating direct, indirect and double counting

Counting People Reached – Navigating direct, indirect and double counting

With the increased attention to performance accountability, output indicators, like the number of people reached by services, have understandably taken a backseat of impact indicators used to determine what difference has been made. However, one should not underestimate the importance

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“Beneficiary” Revisited

“Beneficiary” Revisited

This post is about what to call the people we target in development and humanitarian relief work – that may strike one as mundane, but for monitoring and evaluation (M&E), it is essential to define and clearly understand what we

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Logical Bridge Game

Logical Bridge Game

In our book on M&E training, we present a variety of active learning techniques to engage people in monitoring and evaluation (M&E) training. The “Logical Bridge” activity is one of the earliest that I used, and a good example of

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