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When and how to develop an impact-oriented monitoring and evaluation system

Working papers

Written by Simon Hearn, Tiina Pasanen, Anne Buffardi

​Many development programme staff experience the common problem of commissioning an impact evaluation towards the end of a programme only to find that the monitoring system failed to provide adequate data.

This guidance note looks at:

  • what an impact-oriented monitoring and evaluation system entails
  • why an organisation may want to establish such a system
  • when integrating an impact-orientation into an monitoring and evaluation system is most useful
  • what should be considered in developing the monitoring and evaluation system, or in tweaking an existing system, to become more impact-focused.
Greet Peersman, Patricia Rogers, Irene Guijt, Simon Hearn, Tiina Pasanen and Anne L. Buffardi