Different Uses of M&E

M&E approaches vary by context and stakeholder or rights holder interests, thus serving multiple purposes (Stem et al., 2005). Numerous scholars have recognized the need to distinguish between M&E types, and many have attempted to do so based on the general purposes for which M&E is employed.

As such, the four main purposes of M&E can be categorized as (Stem et al., 2005, p. 297):

  1. Basic research
  2. Accounting and certification
  3. Status assessment
  4. Effectiveness measurement

Explore each purpose of M&E:



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