Monitoring, evaluation and learning

Winston Mills-Compton teaches a class in mathematics at the Mfantsipim Boys School in Cape Coast Ghana. Jonathan Ernst/World Bank

Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) can bring much needed evidence to improve development programmes and practices. However, often this evidence comes too late or is geared only towards accountability which means that teams and organisations are not using M&E data themselves and thus, are not learning from it. Regaining the balance between accountability and learning, and making sure that M&E evidence is used and useful for the teams and programmes is one of the key aims of our work.

We work with a diverse set of actors from non-governmental organisations, consultancy firms and research institutes to bi-lateral donors and foundations to develop and improve their monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) practices and processes. We work as long-term learning partners and evaluators but also provide shorter term MEL advice and support. On top of this, we do applied research on how to improve current MEL methods, practices and processes.

While the team formerly focused on M&E of research uptake and policy influencing, we now work with a broader set of issues ranging from youth employment to governance. Current themes include adaptive management, systems thinking, politics of measurement and behaviour changes. We are also keen to explore MEL and decision-making in relation to the impact of digitalisation on societies, for example by monitoring and evaluating projects and initiatives that aim to improve access to digital services.