Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning

Bond provides a range of tools and resources to help organisations monitor and evaluate their work, aiding learning and accountability.

Monitoring

When designing a monitoring plan, Bond’s Impact Builder is a useful resource for choosing outcome indicators and measurement tools across eight different sectors: Health, Education, Child Protection, Empowerment, Accountability and Governance, Markets and Livelihoods, Infrastructure, and Environment. Indicators are suited to different programming approaches, i.e. service delivery, advocacy and capacity-building.

Evaluations

When commissioning or carrying out evaluations, it is vital to choose methods that are appropriate to your evaluation questions, interests and the attributes of your intervention. Our Impact Evaluation Guide for Commissioners and Managers explains the broad range of evaluation methods available, while the “Choosing Appropriate Evaluation Methods” tool is a practical resource to help you see which methods might be right for evaluating a specific intervention.

Getting a good evaluation depends on practical issues too. Read our Tips on Evaluation Terms of Reference to avoid common pitfalls, and our guide to Getting the Best Out of Consultancies.

The Evidence Principles and Checklist provide a set of standards for evidence quality, helping you to assess the quality of an evaluation, or to plan an evaluation that you and others can trust.

Managing for Quality and Effectiveness

Adaptive Management is an approach to managing interventions which tackle complex issues. It is growing in popularity in international development. Read up on what it involves in “Adaptive Management: What It Means for CSOs”

Investing in Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning reviews how highly-regarded small and medium-sized NGOs design and fund MEL systems in their organisations.

Value for Money: What it Means for NGOs (2013) and Managing and Assessing Value for Money: Lessons for NGOs are key resources for getting to grips with issues of economy, efficiency, effectiveness and equity. Access these and more on our Value for Money hub.

The Health Check tool for self-assessing and benchmarking organisational capacity includes sections on monitoring, programming, beneficiary engagement and partnership amongst others. Resources that can help organisations improve their performance in these areas are also signposted from our Health Check resources page.

Training and Peer Learning

Bond provides a range of training courses on MEL and Effectiveness issues, and hosts working groups for Bond member staff (login required) on a number of relevant themes for ongoing peer learning, exchange and networking. These include the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Group, Adaptive Development Group, Futures and Innovation Group, Beneficiary Feedback Group and Value for Money group.