The first time I really saw Impact

A question I am often asked is “how do you know that what you are doing is having impact?”  I am also asked “What does impact look like?” In truth, neither are easy questions to answer.  Steve Cole’s recent guest blog on the Social Impact Analysts Association website does sum up Read more…

Understand the Data Flow

So we record how many people attended a workshop, we make sure each person completes a feedback form, we enter this information onto a spreadsheet or a database, we store the hard copies somewhere for a while (just in case).  We click on ‘save’ and send the information to someone Read more…

Where should M&E sit in the NGO structure?

Where should monitoring and evaluation sit in an NGO?  This used to seem like a straightforward question with a straightforward answer: in its own team.  But that solution views monitoring and evaluation as something separate from day-of-day project and planning activities and does not encourage a deep level of integration Read more…