Monitoring and evaluation

Utilization-focused evaluation

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Aim of the tool
To conduct an evaluation that is useful to its intended users.

When to use it?
This tool is useful for evaluation.

Contribution tracing

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More info to follow but here some vlogs on contribution tracing:

A new vlog series on Contribution Tracing. The series has 5 short videos, each less than 4 minutes long, providing an introduction to this innovative impact evaluation approach. Don’t worry if you have never heard of Contribution Tracing – the first vlog will explain all.

Balanced scorecard

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Aim of the tool
The balanced scorecard (BSC) to keep track of the execution of activities by the staff within their control and to monitor the consequences arising from these actions

When to use it?
This tool is useful to clearly communicate an organisation’s accountability.

Focus group discussion

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Aim of the tool
To give information on how groups of people think or feel about a particular topic and give greater insight into why certain opinions are held. To help improve the planning and design of new programmes and provide a means of evaluating existing programmes.

When to use it?
This tool is useful at the beginning of an intervention, but can also be used for evaluation purposes.

Institutional analysis

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Aim of the tool
To analyse the institutions that have a bearing on the core issue of your intervention

When to use it?
This tool is particularly useful at the start of the intervention and when the issue of strategies for change is raised

Trendline

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Tool 23

Aim of the tool
To promote participatory reflection and exploration on participants’ perceptions of changes which have occurred over time.

When to use it?
On early phases of a MSP: Issue exploration and Shared language

Timeline

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Tool 15

Aim of the tool
To promote participatory reflection on trends and developments and to link events with strategic planning.

When to use it?
Early phase of a MSP. Issue exploration and shared language.

Problem Definition Worksheet

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Tool 8

Aim of the tool
Analyse the problem you are working on.

When to use it?
Connection stage, when the focus lies on defining the issue at stake.

Rich Picture

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Aim of the tool
Rich picture helps you to understand the complexity of the environment in which the development intervention is operating, providing a spatial overview of the situation

When to use it?
You can use this tool to get a quick overview of the situation. It can also be a useful starting point to get the general agreement of your stakeholders on current and future action. So, you can use this tool during the planning process. It is also a good tool to use to find out whether the intervention has had some measure of impact at different stages of the M&E process