It all starts with knowing!

Dear Members, There is a lot of attention for monitoring, and rightfully so. New Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) have opened great possibilities to collect data, store data and visualise data on mobile phones. Maybe some of you already have used mobile phones for data collection. New ICT has brought national scale sector monitoring within … Continue reading It all starts with knowing!

Country-led Monitoring of Rural Water Supplies — Is It Just a Dream?

re-blogged from Editor’s Note:This guest blog was authored by Dr. Kerstin Danert, water and sanitation specialist at the Swiss-based Skat Foundation. Kerstin discusses country-led monitoring and why it’s important for developing country governments to lead the WASH monitoring process. An online community is being formed around country-led monitoring efforts. If you’d like to learn more about … Continue reading Country-led Monitoring of Rural Water Supplies — Is It Just a Dream?

Follow the leader: country-led services monitoring

great blog on country-led monitoring, by Susan Davis

Improve International

By Susan Davis, Executive Director, Improve International

I recently completed an online course on Country-led Monitoring & Evaluation Systems through My M&E.  It was encouraging to learn about some governments that are leading the way, because institutionalizing monitoring and evaluation can lead to improved services.

However, we also learned that the potential benefits of monitoring and evaluation are often limited because:

  • Many monitoring surveys and evaluations are one-off with no follow-up
  • Many evaluations are largely funded and managed by donors with little country ownership. National governments might not even get the opportunity to see the reports.
  • Much monitoring and evaluation is method-driven, not utilization driven – that is, even if the findings are actionable, programs or policies aren’t actually updated based on the findings

This image below, from a summary of one of the sessions at the Monitoring Sustainable WASH Service Delivery Symposium, shows how desperately some coordination and…

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