The M&E Universe, INTRAC’s free online resource for M&E practitioners, has expanded to include another three new papers. The new entries are within the in the section on M&E of development approaches, which launched in July 2020.

What are the new papers?

  • The M&E of research: an entry-level paper for those wanting to know how to monitor and evaluate social development research projects and programmes. It describes some of the key elements of the research that need to be monitored, and explains why social development research needs to be evaluated differently from some types of academic research.
  • The M&E of pilot projects: this covers some of the basics of monitoring and evaluating pilot or innovation projects. Its main focus is to examine how M&E changes throughout the cycle of innovation, from in-depth research in the pilot project stage to more light touch monitoring as innovations are potentially taken to scale.
    • This paper was written by Nigel Simister and Dan James, with input from Alison Napier, Anne Garbutt, and Rod MacLeod.
  • The M&E of added-value: this covers an issue that is important to many large NGOs, but is not often the focus of M&E debates. It is concerned with how to assess the contribution an NGO makes to development within the aid chain or the contribution it makes within a programme to ensure that the programme is more than just the sum of its parts.
    • This paper was written by Nigel Simister with input from Alison Napier.

Who are the papers for?

These papers are specifically designed for anyone in a CSO/ NGO, large or small, who is responsible for managing, developing and/or adapting and improving M&E systems for their projects, programmes or organisations. However, we hope they will also be useful for the wider M&E community more generally.

Although many of the papers in the M&E Universe deal with discrete issues such as indicators and baselines, and are designed for entry level, the papers in this section of the M&E Universe assume some existing knowledge of M&E, and are more designed for those wishing to engage with some of the key assumptions and principles that underpin M&E.

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The new papers are available now.