Evaluation frameworks are often developed to provide a common reference point for evaluations of different projects that form a program, or different types of evaluations of a single program. But getting agreement on a shared document is only the start of achieving the intended benefits of evaluation frameworks, such as reduced duplication and overlap, improved data quality, and ease of aggregation and synthesis. This guest blog by George Argyrous (ANZSOG) outlines 9 actions that can be taken to support the implementation of high-level monitoring and evaluation frameworks, and make sure these frameworks don't languish on a dusty shelf.
Designing and Implementing a Monitoring and Evaluation System workshop (30 Jul, 31 Jul, 1 Aug, 2 Aug 2018 Sydney)
This guest blog is by Anne Markiewicz, Director of Anne Markiewicz and Associates, a consultancy that specialises in developing Monitoring and Evaluation Frameworks. Anne is the co-author, with Ian Patrick, of the text book ‘Developing Monitoring and Evaluation Frameworks’ (Sage 2016). She has extensive experience in the design and implementation of monitoring and evaluation frameworks for a wide range of different initiatives, building the capacity of organisations to plan for monitoring and evaluation.
This book, written by Anne Markiewicz and Ian Patrick, offers a step-by-step guide to developing a monitoring and evaluation framework. The approach it presents is both theory and practice-led, and is designed to provide clear and practical advice in a participatory, logical, systematic, and integrated way. It uses a central case study throughout the book to illustrate the key concepts presents, accompanied by a range of examples drawn from the authors' combined 40 years of evaluation practice. The text includes end-of-chapter review questions and a summary checklist, and is complemented by the downloadable monitoring and evaluation framework template.
The Public Impact Fundamentals are a framework developed by the Centre for Public Impact to assess what makes a successful policy outcome and describe what can be done to maximise the chances of achieving public impact. The Fundamentals are complemented by the Centre's Public Impact Observatory - a library of hundreds of public policy case studies that have been analysed using the Fundamentals.
This guide, written by Dana Cross of Grosvenor Management Consulting, gives an overview of how to create an M&E framework.