Why do we Need M&E?

Despite these key tensions, M&E is still essential for effective projects. According to the World Bank, effective M&E provides answers to the following questions:

  1. Are we doing the right things?
  • Are our interventions contributing to the project objectives?
  • Relevance, rationale, and justification
  • Satisfaction of donors or community members
    2. Are we doing it right?
  • How effective have we been in achieving expected outcomes?
  • How efficient have we been in optimizing resources?
  • Are these results sustainable?
  • What is the performance? Impact?

3. Are there better ways of doing it?

  • What are the best practices identified?
  • Alternatives
  • Lessons learned

Explore more about effective M&E in the United Nations Development Group’s (2011) Results-Based Management Handbook.


IFRC Project/Programme M&E Guide (2011)


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