Monitoring and Evaluation in the non-profit sector

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From: John Gray, posted on 2010/01/15

I was asked the question today: what made the international development sector become better at monitoring and evaluation ("better" - meaning, in comparison to the voluntary and community sector in the UK, which I think has lots to learn about how to demonstrate effectiveness).

I didn't have an answer to the question. Do you? Can you remember a time when organisational learning was a new concept to international development organisations? A time when funders didn't insist on strict monitoring or on seeing an organisational learning strategy, and when it was possible to get away with not very good monitoring and evaluation... And if so, can you say what raised the profile of M and E within the sector - who led the change, what made the difference in the sector, were there any significant steps or collective experiences which heightened awareness and action?

With thanks and best wishes,



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