Guidance on M&E for civil society programs

This guide from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT, formerly AusAID) is aimed at program managers who have responsibility for managing programs focused on civil society engagement.

It discusses the different M&E requirements for such programs, with particular reference to gender in civil society.

The guidance includes a review of international best practice highlighting the specific difficulties of civil society work and the challenges these raise for M&E (contained in Appendix A).

The guidance itself is divided into four sections:

  • Design: guidance on analysis and design
  • Implementation: how M&E should evolve through this period
  • Reporting
  • Evaluation of civil society and community development initiatives


  • Monitoring & Evaluation at the design stage
  • Monitoring & Evaluation during implementation
  • Considerations for reporting
  • Evaluation and redesign
  • Annex 1: Monitoring and Evaluating AusAID Community Development Programs Initial Discussion Paper
  • Annex 2: Framework for the Analysis of the Quality of Gender Integration in Programs


Kelly, L., David, R., & Roche, D. AusAID, (2008). Guidance on M&E for civil society programs. Retrieved from website: