This blog by Jo Hall and Patricia Rogers provides an update on the Global Partnership for Better Monitoring project. Earlier this year, we published a blog asking for your input into a project to improve our collective understanding and practice of the monitoring function. This project (the Global Partnership for Better Monitoring, or, 'BetterMonitoring'), is being run in partnership with UNICEF and others and is now approaching the close of Phase 1.
This blog is a guest post from Gordon Otieno Wanzare, Board Chairperson, Evaluation Society of Kenya (ESK). It was originally published on EvalForward's blog. Evaluation use is a key issue for the evaluation community. The aim of evaluation is to be influential, so it should be of use to policymakers, programme developers, project planners and managers.
Effective monitoring is essential for managing performance, however, despite this, monitoring is often undervalued and understood quite narrowly. While the term “Monitoring and Evaluation” (M&E) is widely used, the monitoring function has not always benefitted from the same level of investment, professionalization and systems strengthening as the evaluation function. Instead, the monitoring function is often relegated to or viewed as a lower-level, technical function.