DIY M&E: A step-by-step guide to building a monitoring and evaluation framework

This guide, written by Dana Cross of Grosvenor Management Consulting, gives an overview of how to create an M&E framework.

This resource and the following information was contributed to BetterEvaluation by Dana Cross, Grosvenor Management Consulting.

Authors and their affiliation

Dana Cross, Grosvenor Management Consulting

Key features of the resource (summarise the purpose/focus of the resource or its key content/messages)

This guide is an easy to read and understand step-by-step guide on how to build a monitoring and evaluation framework (M&E framework). Using a fictional program, the guide gives readers the right structure, useful explanation and tips to begin development of their own M&E framework. Sections covered include:
  • Introduction
  • About the program
  • Approach to evaluation
  • Monitoring approach
  • Data collection
  • Other content possibilities.

How have you used or intend on using this resource? (In what ways have you used the resource? What was particularly helpful about it?)

The guide is useful for those who need to draft an M&E framework. It is intended for use by program and policy managers who want to ensure they are setting their program up for success through consideration of their monitoring and evaluation needs.

Those involved in evaluation capacity building can also use it as an education resource due to its approachable nature.  

Why would you recommend it to other people?

This guide provides a clear and simple starting point for the development of an M&E framework. The use of a fictional program throughout the guide provides a helpful and practical example to demonstrate the guidance. A word template is also provided, so users can start drafting their own M&E framework straight away.



Cross, D. (2016) DIY M&E: A step-by-step guide to building a monitoring and evaluation framework. Grosvenor Management Consulting