Author / Copyright Holder:
Vanessa Corlazzoli and Jonathan White
This practical guide focuses on the key elements of programme design in fragile and conflict environments, and what steps need to be taken to ensure that effective monitoring and evaluation processes are built in from the start. It covers guidance and best practices for designing and implementing monitoring and evaluation systems and processes.
It is meant to be a compilation of existing best practices, critical information, practical tips and further resources for all stages in programme cycles operating in fragile and conflict-affected environments.
Conflict-affected and fragile environments can change quickly. This makes it all the more important that programme design is flexible, thoroughly thought through, and can adapt in the face of a changing environment. To do so, design and implementation requires sound conflict or context analysis strategies, a conflict sensitive approach, and the mainstreaming of gender.
Robust monitoring practises that go beyond collecting data against indicators must be set in place. This includes revising indicators, logframes and theories of change if the context and conflict have changed. Robust monitoring strategies may also include monitoring for implementation, learning, quality programming, risk and value for money.
Rigorous evaluation that balances accountability and learning is all the more essential given the still-maturing evidence base of ‘what works under what conditions’ and the need to demonstrate quality, impactful programming in both upwards and downwards accountability. Rigorous evaluations can only take place if they are well-budgeted and planned....