Monitoring and Evaluation

monitoringEl Group Consulting designs and implements evaluations to determine social and economic impacts that our clients create. Monitoring and Evaluation is a combination of tools for tracking change, understanding why the change happened and how to improve in future. Organizations need evidence of their efficiency and effectiveness for funders, commissioners and investors. They also need to communicate achievements to a wider public.

El Group Consulting provides services two cover four key phases in the monitoring and evaluation cycle:

  • planning for monitoring and evaluation
  • monitoring
  • evaluation
  • using the findings to learn and improve.

Monitoring and evaluation systems should be developed when an organization first starts up, so that collecting information becomes part of everyday life. Often there are later opportunities to expand, develop or focus monitoring or

to carry out more developed evaluation:

When an organization is changing or developing

if it is applying for or has received new funding/ investments

When information is needed for assessment against quality standards

When information is needed for strategic planning

We will help our Clients to set up a monitoring framework, which is based on their strategy. This simple check becomes monitoring when information is collected routinely and systematically in accordance with a plan.
Strategic aims and objectives and annual operational plans will indicate the more specific and broad areas for monitoring. Founders and investors may ask for information that is not considered to be useful by the organization, but there may be room for flexibility and negotiation. Monitoring should be proportionate to the size of an organization and its budget.

What do we monitor?

Inputs: as well as monitoring expenditure, some organizations monitor other inputs, such as staff and volunteer time.
Outputs: these are the specific products or elements of service provided by an organization, such as advice sessions, training days or publications.
Outcomes: these are related to the changes or difference made as a result of an organization’s outputs.
Impacts: these are related to longer-term or broader changes. They might be more difficult to monitor on a routine basis.

Setting indicators

Once a broad framework for monitoring has been set up, making clear the planned outputs and outcomes, some realistic indicators should be identified, against which information can be collected. In addition to standard output and outcome indicators, El Group Consulting is focused on performance indicators.

Performance indicators can be quantitative (numerical) or qualitative (related to people’s perception or experience). They are usually developed when setting aims and objectives, although we can help to set them before the monitoring and evaluation mission starts, if necessary.

Finding ways to collect monitoring information is a key part of monitoring and evaluation process. Tools we use for collecting data can be grouped under four basic sections:

surveys and questionnaires, observation, interviews, keeping records and notes

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