Better Monitoring

Phase 1 funded by UNICEF

Globally, the monitoring function in and across organisations has not always benefitted from the same collective investment and inter-organisation cooperation in professionalization and systems strengthening as the planning and evaluation functions.

This initiative focuses on improving the monitoring function as part of a monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems approach, in which monitoring and evaluation are planned, conducted and used as integrated evaluative activities. It will include attention to matching M&E efforts with implementation efforts and decision-making needs, clarifying M&E roles and professional competencies, ensuring adequate individual and organisational capacity and resources, incorporating complexity thinking, and balancing accountability and learning.

In Phase 1, UNICEF and BetterEvaluation will work with other organisations and networks on four priority areas:

1. Develop a knowledge sharing framework for the monitoring function.

2. Provide open access to Better Monitoring guidance and learning materials about the flow, analysis and use of monitoring information at different levels of the system.

3. Identify professional competencies for the monitoring function in and across organisations

4. Establish a Global Partnership platform for inter-organisation cooperation and investment in professionalisation of the monitoring function.

This page will be updated with more information as the initiative progresses.

Feature image credit:

Credit: © UNICEF/UN0353419/Wilander
Country: Indonesia
Year: 2020
Source name: Arimacs Wilander

Story behind the image:    

Nayla, 7, a student at SDN 3 Lembang primary school, asks her teacher Lita a question during class at the local village hall in Bandung, West Java province, Indonesia, on 13 October 2020. Like most schools across Indonesia, SDN 3 Lembang has been closed since March 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In August 2020, teachers at the primary school received permission from local authorities to hold in-person learning at the village hall for grade 1 students with limited access to the internet and electronic devices at home. The classes are held every other day for up to 10 students who must follow public health protocols, which include wearing a mask, having their temperatures checked, keeping their physical distance and washing their hands. The school provides learning materials while the students must bring their own school supplies from home, which they are not allowed to share with other students.

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