NGOs and civil society organisations

Non-governmental organisations; CSOs

NGOs can play various roles in a national M&E system – such as sitting on evaluation steering committees or being involved in the selection of evaluations for evaluation plans/agendas. NGOs might also play an active role in requiring evidence from the government about ex-post results and ex-ante policy choices. NGOs and CSOs might also share evidence with the government about programs that have worked and advocate for scale-ups.


In Costa Rica, CSOs sit on the National Evaluation Platform, which guides the evaluation system. In South Africa, CSOs often sit on evaluation steering committees on issues in which they have a stake – for example, farmers' associations or where they can offer knowledge or expertise, such as think tanks.

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

Expand to view all resources related to 'NGOs and civil society organisations'

This page is a Stub (a minimal version of a page). You can help expand it. Contact Us to recommend resources or volunteer to expand the description.

'NGOs and civil society organisations' is referenced in: