Summary of Study Session 15

In Study Session 15, you have learned that:

  1. The purpose of monitoring and evaluation is to track implementation and outputs systematically, and measure the effectiveness of projects and programmes.
  2. Monitoring is systematic observation and data collection to check if and how planned activities are being implemented.
  3. Evaluation measures how well the project activities have met expected objectives and whether outcomes can be attributed to them.
  4. Indicators are measurements used in monitoring and evaluating project performance, which should be measurable and help assess the extent to which an intervention has changed the situation.
  5. The results of monitoring and evaluation can be shown by a results chain, which shows how completion of the activities will lead to outputs, outputs will lead to outcomes, and the outcomes will lead to impacts.
  6. The logframe is a monitoring and evaluation tool that links the planned activities with expected results. It indicates how monitoring and evaluation will take place, and allows information to be analysed and organised in a structured way.
  7. Annual work plans can be used to monitor activities. Field visits are used for both monitoring and evaluation.
  8. Both qualitative and quantitative methods should be used to evaluate both outcomes and impacts of behaviour change communication programmes.

15.5  Methods and tools for evaluation

Self-Assessment Questions (SAQs) for Study Session 15