Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)

We design M&E frameworks, enhance monitoring systems and conduct diagnostic, process, outcome and impact evaluations. Our approach to M&E takes into account relationships between contexts, mechanisms, and outcomes.

SADC Research Centre’s M&E approach strengthens interventions, reduces programme managers’ reporting burden, encourages evidence-based decision-making, and ultimately improves the delivery of efficient and effective programmes and services. We work with a range of theory-driven and results based evaluation designs and methods.  Our evaluations provide critical information to improve and strengthen programmes, enhance outcomes, sustainability, and value for money.

Our monitoring systems provide intelligence on what is happening within a programme. We provide data that helps identify and understand whether a development programme, strategy, or initiative is achieving what it was intended to achieve, what progress has been made, and what evaluative questions could be asked.

We undertake data quality assessments, and implement technology solutions to enhance the effective and efficient collection of routine and administrative data.

We also provide training to programme staff on using data in reports – through an interactive 2-day workshop ‘Donor Report Writing for Development Professionals’. For training dates and more information, please contact our training coordinator.

Being committed empiricists, we encourage the use of evaluation research findings to challenge and refine programme and social theory. For more about our evaluation work please read the case studies about our projects.