Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Self-Assessment Tool

Gesongo, MugitaCenter for Social Sector, Education, and Policy Analysis2014
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There are constant and growing pressures on organizations to be more responsive to demands from internal and external stakeholders for greater development effectiveness and delivery of tangible results. Demand for results is no longer a donor-driven but also a pressing need for implementing organizations faced with competition for donor funding and pressure from direct beneficiaries. As demands for greater results grow, so dothe demands for effective and functional monitoring, evaluation, (M&E) and learning systems to support programmes management. A functioning M&E and learning system, at any level, provides a continuous flow of information that is useful internally and externally. Many questions arise as an organisation assesses the utility and usefulness of its M&E system:

  • How can an organisation know it has an effective and functioning MEL system?
  • How can an organisation sustain its M&E system that can produce trustworthy, timely, and relevant information on the performance of projects?
  • How can an organisation overcome many M&E system challenges?

Most organisations often request support to strengthen their M&E and learning systems. Such requests are sometimes broad, and consulting firms tend to give support in terms of training without focusing on the real areas the grantees may need strengthening. The purpose of this paper is to help grantees supported by the Partnership to Strengthen Innovation and Practice in Secondary Education (PSIPSE) and other organisations self-assess their M&E strengths and weakness and seek support on key areas that require strengthening.


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