Monitoring & Evaluation
As actors who play a major role in not only managing, but also raising, considerable amounts of aid resources, international NGOs have a responsibility to demonstrate that they are achieving results. The need to better measure what aid is (or isn’t) achieving has become a major focus for a wide range of development actors, both domestically and internationally, especially as foreign aid resources come under strain.
InterAction’s Evaluation and Program Effectiveness Working Group (EPEWG) is dedicated to enhancing the capacity of our members to measure and demonstrate their effectiveness, and to informing donor policies and practices on monitoring and evaluation. The group also serves as a forum for InterAction members to exchange information on tools, good practices, and experiences in topics of interest.
Our current areas of focus include:
- Development of local monitoring and evaluation (M&E) capacity
Use of evaluation results, and emphasizing the use of evaluation for learning (and not just accountability)
Bottom-up approaches to evaluation
NGO Accountability: The EPEWG aims to both strengthen NGO accountability - particularly to local partners and those we serve - and to improve how NGO accountability is measured.
The working group also closely follows the work of the U.S. government on monitoring and evaluation, particularly as this issue has gained greater prominence within agencies like USAID and the Department of State.
The EPEWG is open to InterAction members only. Non-members are welcome to join our Evaluation Interest Group (EIG), which receives our monthly evaluation newsletter and is invited to participate in certain EPEWG events. To join either the EPEWG or EIG listserv, or for additional information on our work in this area, please contact Laia Grino.
- Impact evaluation guidance note and webinar series, developed with financial support from the Rockefeller Foundation (most guidance notes are available in French, Spanish and Arabic as well as English)
- Tips for Effectively Engaging Program Staff in Impact Evaluation
- Tips for Selecting and Working with Impact Evaluation Research Partners
- Presentation: When are Impact Evaluations Appropriate and Feasible? (video)
- Presentation: Designing Impact Evaluations: What are the appropriate research questions and methods? (video)
- Presentation: Assessing Threats to Validity and Implications for Use of Impact Evaluation Findings (video)
Measuring Agency Level Results
Since 2012, the EPEWG has held a series of meetings and webinars on measuring agency level results. Below is a list of resources from those meetings.
- In August 2013, Save the Children, Pact and World Vision shared their approach to agency level measurement.
- In April 2013, ACDI/VOCA, Catholic Relief Services, and Mercy Corps updated the working group on their progress with measuring agency level results. The webinar recording is available here.
- In December 2012, Mission Measurement shared findings from their research and client experiences with agency-wide measurement approaches. You can find the webinar recording here and the presentation slides here.
- InterAction Forum 2012 presentation on “Measuring Agency-Level Results: Can it work, and does it matter?” The session featured presenters from ACDI/VOCA, Catholic Relief Services, Mercy Corps and Save the Children. An overview document prepared for the session is available here.