RESULT BASED MONITORING
Project financiers, implementers and target groups have a justified interest in value for money: funds should be allocated and used effectively and efficiently to reach expected outcomes. Despite often well-defined results frameworks being in place, unreliable baselines, overly ambitious M&E systems and weak capture of qualitative results remain common. Local institutions in charge of monitoring and reporting lack capacity to analyse findings and attribute change to specific factors. Lessons learnt remain stuck in programme silos, results are not used for informed decision-making and information is rarely reported downwards to non-government stakeholders and target groups. With fewer and fewer project staff in field positions, development partners risk losing touch with the targeted beneficiaries’ reality and their own perceptions of their well-being.
In response, Results Based Monitoring (RBM) distinctly focuses on programme performance and achievement of intended or unintended outputs, outcomes or impacts. As a project management specialist, ORGUT translates this approach into concrete methods and tool boxes within projects or for external evaluation. Monitoring should always serve a concrete purpose and provide the basis for needs-based pro-poor resource allocation and inform planning, selection or adjustment of project interventions and policy-making. It should enhance governance through increased transparency and non-state actor participation. ORGUT has experience in carrying out long term Reality Checks where the focus is on understanding the dynamics of poverty and well-being from poor people’s perspectives. Capturing both qualitative and quantitative results and impact in relation to reliable baseline data leads to more relevant interventions and improved pro-poor policies.
RBM means ‘acting with the end result in mind’ and is therefore a tool for dedicated managers. ORGUT Advisors introduce concepts and application of results-based monitoring and reporting systems and analysis. They establish dialogue between project or government staff and beneficiaries and develop robust and user friendly systems with a limited number of gender and age disaggregated indicators. Tailor-made solutions are found for ethnic minorities and otherwise socially excluded groups including in remote areas. Project outcomes and impacts are related to government or donor strategies or MDGs. Participatory monitoring is encouraged for investment selection and prioritisation. Links to overall Management Information Systems are created and cross-sector cooperation encouraged. Lessons learnt are fed into local decision making or central policy formulation processes. Strategic communication approaches assists in follow up and results presentation to a wider audience including research institutions.
Our services in results-based monitoring cover:
- Review of programme Logical Framework Approaches and other results frameworks
- Socio-economic and poverty baselines
- Reality Checks using qualitative methods to understand poor people’s realities
- Designing, establishing or revising Monitoring & Evaluation systems
- Data collection, verification, entry and analysis
- Individual in-depth studies, comparative and meta-evaluations
- Linkages to research institutions
- Participatory monitoring including non-state actors
- Management Information Systems
- Quality control systems with a results-focus
- Strategic communication of results
- Printed material, radio programmes, websites
- Needs assessments, institutional strengthening and capacity building in RBM