How to design a monitoring and evaluation framework for a policy research project
To provide guidance that focuses on the designing and structuring of a monitoring and evaluation framework for policy research projects and programmes.
This guidance note is intended as a practical guide to designing a monitoring and evaluation5 (M&E) framework for policy research projects or programmes.6 Its primary audience is M&E designers and managers but it can be useful for anyone involved with M&E activities. The guidance note aims to support the first steps in designing and structuring the M&E framework (that is, what aspects or areas of policy research projects to monitor and evaluate, why, when and how). It does not include guidance on how to build a whole M&E system, which would require more detailed guidance on M&E data collection, storing, management, analysis and use. The guidance note presents one model for designing a comprehensive M&E framework that goes beyond counting outputs or citations; it works to track changes more closely, paying attention to often-neglected elements of strategy and management. It highlights the importance of identifying key M&E questions for each M&E area as a way to bridge often existing gaps between M&E areas, approaches and specific indicators (often needed e.g. for logframes). It is deliberately concise and somewhat simplified so as to be useful for during the actual design process.
Reference of the resource
Tiina Pasanen and Louise Shaxson, How to design a monitoring and evaluation framework for a policy research project’. A Methods Lab publication. London: Overseas Development Institute (2016).
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