ACTIVATE! – Evaluating Youth Leadership for Policy Impact

Often one of the most difficult aspects of launching a new project is figuring out how to measure its impact effectively. The Activate! Leadership for Public Innovation programme has an opportunity to do ground-breaking work in measuring the impact of its leadership development intervention and the policy implications that it might hold.  It is a […]

Working Rigorously With Stories: Introducing the Impact Story Tool

Stories told by programme beneficiaries can be useful when evaluating the effectiveness/impact of programmes.  However, because stories are subjective, on their own they are seldom regarded as sufficient evidence that a programme/intervention is effective.  Researchers have found numerous ways of addressing the concerns about the credibility of stories as an information source on the effectiveness […]

Beyond accountability: Monitoring and Evaluation as instruments of change

If you want to get an NGO on the defensive, just says the words “monitoring and evaluation”.  Almost inevitably, these words will provoke spluttering about donors-in-the-driving-seat, the validity of qualitative approaches to impact evaluation, and the objectivity of participatory research. I’d argue that too much time is spent on these debates, and not enough about […]

Learning from experience – Building a Monitoring and Evaluation system for FunDza

The FunDza Literacy Trust aims to improve reading for pleasure and access to interesting books for “book poor” teens and young adults from poor communities.  In early 2013, FunDza commissioned a literature review to investigate the current practice of measurement and evaluation in the fields of literacy and mobile learning to inform aspects of their […]

Early Childhood Development Monitoring and Evaluation Workshop report back

By Rebecca Metz For some time, it has been clear that many non-profit organisations that work within the ECD sector need support with developing their Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) systems, and DGMT has received a number of requests for help with this. M&E within the ECD sector is complex as there are numerous elements that […]

Under construction: Our new Monitoring and Evaluation Website

We are in the process of developing a Monitoring and Evaluation Resource website for organisations.  Have a look at this presentation where we explain why we are developing the website as well as how it will work.  This presentation is powered through Prezi, please wait a few moments for the presentation and embedded images to load.