National coordination bodies

National coordination bodies in M&E systems are centralised entities, such as committees or Councils, established by governments or organisations to guide, supervise, and facilitate the process of monitoring and evaluating public policies and programs.

Their role can encompass setting evaluation standards, ensuring consistent methodologies, and driving the use of evaluation findings in decision-making processes.


In Benin, the National Evaluation Policy of 2012 established a National Evaluation Council, which included representatives from voluntary organisations for professional evaluation (VOPEs) and serves as the guiding body for evaluating public policies. This council was intended to advise the government on evaluation matters and foster evaluation growth at multiple administrative levels but hasn't convened since 2015. Instead, policies or programs for evaluation are determined ad hoc, influenced by various factors like line ministries' requests and the national context.

(Goldman et al., 2018; Global Evaluation Initiative, 2022)

Global Evaluation Initiative (2022). MESA Guidance Note: Diagnostic Tool for a Monitoring and Evaluation Systems Analysis. Retrieved from

Ian Goldman et al. 2018. “The emergence of government evaluation systems in Africa: The case of Benin, Uganda and South Africa”, African Evaluation Journal, 6 no. 1, (March 2018): 253.

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