The M&E Universe is a unique collection of 119 short papers on a variety of topics related to monitoring and evaluation and specifically designed for civil society practitioners. Since launching in May 2019, the Universe has grown to encompass nine distinct sections. With the addition of three new papers in December 2021, the M&E Universe is now complete. This milestone brings to an end the first, two and a half year phase of the M&E Universe project.

INTRAC will continue to maintain the Universe resource, and updates to papers to bring them in line with shifting M&E thinking can be expected in the future. We are very grateful to everyone who has contributed to the papers, particularly Nigel Simister. Nigel wrote the majority of the papers, drawing on his many years’ experience and research, and without him the project would not have been possible.

New to the M&E Universe? Visit our project page to learn more about the resource, what it contains, and how to use it. If you’re already using the Universe, we would love to hear how it is helping you in your work; visit our Contact Us page to send us your comments, questions and stories.

About the new papers

  • The M&E of humanitarian action: this paper focuses on the many standards and guidelines have been developed to help staff know what kind of M&E is needed to support humanitarian action. The paper was written by Nigel Simister, with contributions from Rod MacLeod and Alison Napier.
  • The M&E of civil society funds: This paper aims to provide a checklist of things to think about when developing an M&E approach for a civil society fund. It is credited to INTRAC, with contributions from Nigel Simister, Dan James, Rod MacLeod, and Jeremy Astill-Brown.
  • The M&E of development education: This paper addresses the challenges of monitoring and evaluating development education, including the issue that development education is often carried out without specific longer-term objectives, making it hard to know where to look for change. It is credited to INTRAC, with contributions from Dan James, Alison Napier and Nigel Simister.

The new papers are available now.