M&E Assessment Capability: Improve your organization’s M&E capacity
Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of projects are an integral part of making sure that your NGO is hitting targets. Since you likely have donors that keep the projects going, it is important to monitor their effectiveness and evaluate how the project has been running. It ensures that you are not wasting money and that each project is effective.
In the following article, we will look at a few tips that will help you be M&E ready. The following tips can be used to make sure that your NGO has the right monitoring and evaluation capabilities for specific projects. These will eventually help you to improve your overall output of projects and make them run as smoothly as possible.
What Is M&E Assessment?
Once you get a project up and running, you will need to track the effectiveness of the project and make sure that it is running as smoothly as possible. Monitoring will allow you to track the stats of the project in real-time and see how you are progressing. Additionally, evaluation is more of a closing measurement tool, which will analyze how effective the project was.
How To Check M&E Assessment Capabilities
No matter which NGO you have, part of your research must have revealed M&E at some point or another. However, not everyone understands how good their capabilities are. In the following section, we will provide you with a few tips that will help you check the capabilities of your M&E and perhaps improve where possible.
One of the first things that you will need to look at is the financial capabilities of your NGO. Monitoring and evaluation programs will require additional funds on top of the project to ensure they gather accurate and effective data. You will need to look at your finances and find out if you have the financial capabilities to sustain M&E projects.
The Use Of Free Tools
If something is free, many people completely write it off as not worth it. However, many M&E tools on the market are affordable and in many cases completely free. If you are a cash-strapped NGO, you will need to take advantage of these free tools. They might not give you a complete assessment, but could be enough for smaller NGO projects.
Each Project Should Be Covered
As a means of saving money, many people choose to skip the process of monitoring certain projects. While you might be lucky and have major success, the chances for failure are also high. It is recommended that you take a step back and look at every project you have running. It is better to save funds on certain projects and direct them to M&E to ensure that your projects remain effective.
Evaluation Of Potential Outcomes
It is not a great idea to make wayward predictions that might not even work. However, you need to speculate before implementing some of these projects. As part of your research, you will invest funds to determine the potential outcome of the project. The monitoring can be used to see if you stay on track and if the project remains viable.
Since you won’t be the one constantly looking and focusing on the data, you will need some support to help you undertake these endeavors. However, time can be just as important as money and you need to have individuals trained to help you get started with the basics. It is a great idea to invest some time in your staff to train them with all your tools and take the load off your shoulders.
Do A Full Project Audit
To ensure that you can run and monitor a project, it is often best to stop in the middle of the project and do a thorough audit of what is going on. Yes, this could use up some resources, but you will constantly be in the loop of the data. It can help you invest more funds in the projects or pull the plug once the project has run its course.
Understanding your M&E capabilities can help you with making decisions. Once you have the decisions made, you will notice that everything is running more fluently and your expenditure can be balanced by what you get in and the results you see. It is very important to take some time and understand the M&E capabilities of your NGO.