Monitoring and Evaluation: A Closer Look

-Involves continuous or ongoing collection and analysis of information about implementation to review progress;
-Compares actual progress with what was planned so that adjustments can be made in implementation; and
-Is an internal activity that is the responsibility of those who manage implementation procedures, thus representing  a good management practice.

-Is a periodic assessment of the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, impact, and/or sustainability of an activity or intervention;
-Is a systematic search for answers about an intervention (project, program, or policy); and
-Measures the effects of an intervention and compares them with the goals and objectives of the intervention.

Evaluation Capacity Development (ECD) efforts strengthen and sustain both individuals and organizations to:

  • Access, build, and implement evaluative knowledge and skills;
  • Design, implement, and manage effective evaluation processes and findings; and
  • Use evaluations as a performance improvement tool.

By cultivating a spirit of continual learning and capacity development, organizations are able to guide their own team members, stakeholders, and others along a more direct path to program effectiveness and accountability.  ECD also fosters the implementation of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) knowledge and practices.

M&E, an essential component of results-based management, provides information for designing, implementing, and assessing the results of government, civil society, and private sector policies, programs, and projects.  Used well, M&E can help policymakers and program managers determine what works, what is not working, and why. 

M&E in the public sector can also:

  • Support evidence-based policymaking, particularly in the context of national budget cycle and national planning;  
  • Guide ministries and agencies in managing activities at the sector, program, and project levels, including service delivery to beneficiaries; and
  • Enhance accountability and transparency.


UPDATE: International Program for Development Evaluation Training (IPDET): Note: Announcement Regarding important developments related to the International Program for Development Evaluation Training from IEG Director General Caroline Heider

Upcoming Evaluation Training

Management and delivery of the International Program for Development Evaluation Training (IPDET) 2.0

The Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) of the World Bank Group is seeking a dynamic academic partner with vision and expertise to grow and lead the International program for Development Evaluation Training (IPDET) Program. For the first time in 15 years, IEG is offering the opportunity to academic institutions to be part of this well-known Program and act as a lead partner in rolling out IPDET 2.0. With over 2,600 alumni from 161 countries, IPDET has made an important contribution to global evaluation capacity. The delivery of IPDET has been showing a recurring pattern of success and a high level of effectiveness since the first course offering in 2001.

Please find the link to the listing of the announcement HERE in case you are interested to receive the solicitation.

CLEAR Center Training Schedule

View the list of upcoming evaluation training sessions at regional CLEAR centers.