This paper examines how monitoring and evaluation (M&E) does, or could, make a difference to Capacity Dvelopment (CD). It explores whether there is something different or unique about M&E of CD that isn’t addressed by predominant options and ways of thinking about M&E, and which might be better addressed by experimenting with learning-based approaches to M&E of CD.
By first understanding the intended purpose of capacity development interventions— and the underlying assumptions, relationships and complexities—we can get a better idea of what specifically we want M&E to help accomplish, and subsequently choose the best methodologies and tools for carrying that out.
- Introduction—what should monitoring & evaluation (m&e) tell us about capacity development (cd)?
- Capacity development means and ends—“what are we measuring and when should we measure it?”
- In search of performance and impact
- Standing capacity
- What can we learn from m & e of cd dilemmas?
- Development being a process already in motion
- Linear versus complex adaptive systems (cas) thinking, programming and measurement
- Donor accounting focus versus open learning approaches
- Incorporation of organizational learning approaches to m&e of cd
- Large-scale experimentation and action research
- Use of theory of change (toc) approaches for designing m&e of cd systems
- What can a theory of change offer?
- Hypothetical example of TOC use in Education For All (EFA)
Specific Options and approaches Mentioned
Ortiz, A., & Taylor, P. (2008). Learning purposefully in capacity development Why, what and when to measure?. UK: Institute of Development Studies (IDS) Retrieved from http://www.impactalliance.org/file_download.php?location=S_U&filename=12448669691ME_of_CD_final_version--v2.pdf
This paper was republished in 2009 through the International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); -
Alfredo Ortiz Aragón and Peter Taylor (2009). "Learning Purposefully in Capacity Development: Why, What and When to Measure?" Institute of Development Studies (IDS). An opinion paper prepared for IIEP, Paris: IIEP. Available at: http://works.bepress.com/alfredo_ortiz/1