You can’t manage what you don’t measure. How do you set up a simple but effective Monitoring & Evaluation system?
Developing an M&E plan can be a fine balancing act. On the one hand you want transparency to stakeholders and well-informed decisions. On the other, you want a few well-chosen indicators, and to keep costs down. Because if you spend too much time on M&E, how can you get any real work done?
Still, taking a moment to define progress indicators is important. It helps you (re)define Ithe impact you’re aiming for, the intended outcome of your program. It is closely linked to your theory of change and underlying assumptions (see Strategy & Program Development).