We finally processed the data from the 2010 Study Monitoring, Evaluation and Impact Measurement in Social Programs. In this context we are featuring the article: “Monitoring, Evaluation, and Impact Measurement in the Social Investment Agenda”. This article aims to analyze the role of M&E within the social investment agenda.
As we push into the 21st century, the call for measurable and replicable philanthropy is greater than ever. Feel-good projects, simply driven by good intentions and munificence, are a thing of the past. Now, more than ever, initiatives that aim to generate significant social change need to incorporate strategies for monitoring, evaluation, and impact measurement.
Unfortunately, these new standards are more often preached than practiced: while most people agree on the importance of an M&E strategy, a much smaller percentage employs it. At ZIGLA, we focused on these non-compliers – we identified the obstacles they faced and the arguments they presented against M&E implementation. Rather than rebuke these claims, we embraced them – as a powerful tool for learning and adapting M&E practices for the future.
The article presents a series of reflections and recommendations on M&E strategy. We hope it can serve you as a useful guide on the role of monitoring and evaluation within the social investment agenda!
You can find the full version here.
Version in Spanish.
Version in Portuguese.