Monitoring & Evaluation

As actors who play a major role in not only managing, but also raising, considerable amounts of aid resources, international NGOs have a responsibility to demonstrate that they are achieving results. The need to better measure what aid is (or isn’t) achieving has become a major focus for a wide range of development actors, both domestically and internationally, especially as foreign aid resources come under strain. 

InterAction’s Evaluation and Program Effectiveness Working Group (EPEWG) is dedicated to enhancing the capacity of our members to measure and demonstrate their effectiveness, and to informing donor policies and practices on monitoring and evaluation. The group also serves as a forum for InterAction members to exchange information on tools, good practices, and experiences in topics of interest.

Our current areas of focus include:

  • Development of local monitoring and evaluation (M&E) capacity
  • Use of evaluation results, and emphasizing the use of evaluation for learning (and not just accountability)

  • Bottom-up approaches to evaluation

  • NGO Accountability: The EPEWG aims to both strengthen NGO accountability - particularly to local partners and those we serve - and to improve how NGO accountability is measured. 

The working group also closely follows the work of the U.S. government on monitoring and evaluation, particularly as this issue has gained greater prominence within agencies like USAID and the Department of State. 

The EPEWG is open to InterAction members only. Non-members are welcome to join our Evaluation Interest Group (EIG), which receives our monthly evaluation newsletter and is invited to participate in certain EPEWG events. To join either the EPEWG or EIG listserv, or for additional information on our work in this area, please contact Laia Grino.

InterAction Resources


Impact Evaluation

 

Measuring Agency Level Results 

Since 2012, the EPEWG has held a series of meetings and webinars on measuring agency level results. Below is a list of resources from those meetings.

 

Evaluative Thinking

 

Other Resources


3ie: 3ie, the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation, focuses on generating high quality evidence that contributes to effective policies for the poor. It serves a dual role as a funding agency for impact evaluations, and a knowledge broker.

ALNAP: ALNAP, the Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action, seeks to improve humanitarian performance through increased learning and accountability.

American Evaluation Association: The American Evaluation Association (AEA) is an international professional association of evaluators devoted to the application and exploration of program evaluation, personnel evaluation, technology, and many other forms of evaluation. Among other things, it offers virtual professional development opportunities, including: 20-minute long webinars or "Coffee Break Demonstrations" designed to introduce audience members to new tools, techniques, and strategies in the field of evaluation, and eStudy webinars, 3- or 6-hour webinars provided by evaluation’s top presenters in multiple 90-minute sessions. 

BetterEvaluation: BetterEvaluation is an international collaboration to improve evaluation practice and theory by sharing information about options (methods or tools) and approaches.

MEASURE Evaluation: MEASURE Evaluation is the USAID Global Health Bureau's primary vehicle for supporting improvements in monitoring and evaluation in population, health and nutrition worldwide. MEASURE Evaluation has developed and applied a variety of tools to improve decision-making in the health sector, and also offer in-person and online trainings.

MyMandE: MyMandE aims to share knowledge on country-led M&E systems worldwide through an online platform. It facilitates the strengthening of a global community, while identifying good practices and lessons learned about monitoring and evaluation in general, and country-led M&E systems in particular. MyMandE has offered several e-learning courses on topics such as development evaluation, equity-focused and gender-responsive evaluation, and emerging practices in development evaluation.