Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation

Front page of Master Thesis
Jes Hejböll Larsen & Mads Österbye:
Learning to Measure
Integrating Learning into the Monitoring & Evaluation Practice of Development Projects
Master's Thesis, Aalborg University, Denmark, October 2009

About contradictions in the implemention of development projects:
Theoretic rhetoric emphasise bottom-up, learning and
whereas practice tends toward top-down reporting demands,tighter control, and conditionalities.
Front page of book by Esther Mebrahtu
Esther Mebrahtu: Putting Policy into Practice
Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation in Ethiopia, INTRAC, UK 2004

A most inspiring research of eight international NGOs' attempts to live up to own ideals . The book is about myth and realities, theory and practice.
More about this book? See link to homepage for INTRAC

Front page of book "Learning from Change"

Marisol Estrella et al. (eds.): Learning from Change
Issues and experiences in participatory monitoring and evaluation,
Intermediate Technology Publications, London 2000

Reader full of ideas and descriptions of different methods and techniques.
Innovative! See for example Chapter 15 written by Irene Guijt.

Front page of book by Chris Roche
Chris Roche: Impact Assessment for Development Agencies
Learning to Value Changes, Oxfam, Oxford, Great Britain 1999

The author argues that Impact should denote "lasting, significant changes", and not the relatively uninteresting immediate effects or "outputs" of a given project.
A refreshing and much needed statement!

Karen McAllister & Ronnie Vernoy: Action and Reflection:
A guide for monitoring and evaluating participatory research, IDRC, Working Paper, Ottawa, September 1999

A thorough and "handy" working paper from the Canadian International Development Research Centre (IDRC). Systematic "Reflection" is seen as vital for M&E.

Read here: Action and Reflection see also link to IDRC/CRDI in Miscellaneous

Des Gasper: "Logical Frameworks": Problems and Potentials
Unpublished Paper, Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, The Netherlands 2000

Critical summary of advantages and especially disadvantages of using logframes for planning, monitoring, and evaluation in development work.

Read here: Logical Frameworks

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