How Much is Too Much – Data?

Meet an M&E practitioner and talk about data, the conversations largely focus on what for, how to measure and the impact? While activities reflect measures for a social change, measuring change becomes important. All stakeholders (target communities, implementing organisations, government partners, academicians/researchers, donors) must be well informed whether the desired change was achieved, how much…

Back to the Beach

As have been travelling for weeks and when all other colleagues have headed back to homes, I was feeling uneasy in my room at Chennai’s famous Poes Garden locality. It was my last evening before returning home, I was determined to visit nearby beach (Marina beach, Chennai) to get myself refreshed and have coffee on…

Impact Group – what relevance would it have for Global Libraries programme in India?

During his visit to India in November, 2016 Marcel Chiranov, Impact Assessment Consultant, introduced me to concept of Impact Group for sustaining impact of global libraries programme in Romania. This was time when IPLM (Indian Public Library Movement) programme was had just finished its results framework consumption with implementing partners and consultants from BMGF. Frankly,…

Use of monitoring practices for evidence building & outcome measurement

There has been considerable thought process involved to actually make monitoring practices generate outcomes results and M&E practitioners have actually and largely started adopting this and contemporary approaches towards generating quick, efficient and well thought method of gathering evidence not just to verify or assess the progress made but to build evidence for outcomes –…

Changing M&E Practices and Evidence Building for Policy Change – II

In the previous blog post, role of changing M&E practices vis-a-vis the innovations, was highlighted to draw the attention of practitioners towards simple yet highly effective and tested practices. With time, agencies and donors have given higher attention and emphasize to build evidence for programmes of any type – emergency response, economic development, civil society engagement, youth empowerment, climate change, cash for…

Changing M&E Practices and Evidence Building for Policy Change – I

For quite a long now, long enough (by far nine years) I have been engaged with many organisations to take care and deliver for programme monitoring and evaluation. In early days (as early as 2006) when I first got involved rather heard about Monitoring & Evaluation (commonly spoken as M&E), I knew little things about…