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Guidance on Monitoring and Evaluation

Guidance on Monitoring and Evaluation   

This handbook provides guidance for designing and implementing a monitoring and evaluation system. The standards in the handbook provide practical quality-control considerations for individual components of an M&E system.

This document complements CRS' Monitoring and Evaluation Standards, which provides global M&E standards for high-level overarching commitments.

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Who should read this handbook?

This handbook is for programming staff at all levels, including M&E staff, field staff, project managers and program officers. It highlights each role in multiple steps. The content of this handbook complements the information provided in ProPack I, II and III. Staff should have a solid foundation in ProPack in order to get the most from the handbook.


Part I: Basic M&E Concepts
Core M&E Standards 3
Gender and M&E 6
Project Monitoring 8
Community Participation in M&E 13
M&E in Emergencies
Part II: M&E Planning and Implementation
Creating an M&E Plan 33
Creating an Analysis Plan 39
Developing Quantitative Tools 43
Developing Qualitative Tools 50
Random Sampling 54
Purposeful Sampling 61
Training and Field Testing 64
Collecting Qualitative Data 70
Developing a Quantitative Database 79
Data Entry and Cleaning 87
Data Analysis and Interpretation 91
Reflection Events 100
Planning and Conducting an Evaluation
Appendix I: CRS Monitoring and Evaluation Standards 117
Appendix II: CRS Asia Monitoring System Review Tool 118
References 130

Publication details

Authors: Clara Hagens, Dominique Morel, Alex Causton, Christina Way
Publisher: Catholic Relief Services (April 2013)
Handbook: 139 pages
Language: English
Dimensions: 8.27 x 11.69 inches

Posted on April 9, 2013

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