Love and Marriage

Some people might say that there is no such thing as a difficult client.  Instead the consultant, or supplier, just hasn’t provided the right solution. I disagree with that point of view.  I don’t think agencies set out to be difficult and I don’t think that suppliers set out to Read more…

What happens when the results are negative?

So you’ve been working hard at making a big difference in your beneficiaries’ lives, you’ve dutifully collected your monitoring data, implemented programme changes as a result of your data and your mid-term evaluation, and commissioned your end of project evaluation. Then your evaluator calls and tells you they have to Read more…

I love PRAs!

I am a huge fan of participatory rapid assessment (sometimes called participatory rapid appraisal)!  I mean a huge fan! As any of my clients or colleagues will tell you, I use PRA approaches in every project that I do.  Mostly I use one method above all others: the 20-bean method. Read more…

Managing Evaluations

So I’m in the middle of setting up a new evaluation for a client, well a group of clients really and it is quite a complicated funding programme that they have asked me to look at. As usual I have set up my systems and processes for this project and Read more…

Global Value Exchange & Data Unity

Having reliable data and sources of data is crucial to developing and delivering robust and successful projects. So I’m always looking for new sources of up to date information and data sets to help with designing monitoring plans and programme evaluations. On Monday 9 December 2013, two new resources were Read more…

Using Data

So, in a previous blog entry I talked about how important it was to understand the data flowing through your organisation and who is using data for what.  I have also mentioned the link between M&E and business planning and developing new interventions and projects. However some people are still Read more…