WoMin does not, at this time, have a monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework and baseline, despite promises in our five-year strategy to deliver this by the end of 2014. In the third quarter of 2015, we still do not have adequate staff capacity to develop and support a M&E plan. Moreover, the alliance and its work is now starting to consolidate, as is evident in the 2016 plan. Hence early 2016 may well be an appropriate moment to build a simple M&E framework, with a very basic baseline.
WoMin has adapted the ActionAid International definition of a M&E framework as an accountability, learning and quality improvement tool that informs and guides the WoMin Board of Trustees, staff and working groups about what is to be monitored and evaluated, and how to ensure we can track whether we are making progress, make the needed adjustments to our work, assess impact, and promote learning.
An M&E framework covers the following elements:
Key changes to work towards – impact, outcomes and intermediate outcomes
Key indicators (quantitative and qualitative)
Numbers of people reached
Data collection methods and tools to support the indicators and questions prioritised
This framework will need to be constructed through a participatory process involving some of our key allies in prioritised countries, and give us the tools to monitor the impact of our collective work over time. We will need to be very careful about defining what we mean by alliance work and how we will measure this impact so that we do not bring work that comes under the purview of our national allies, and inundate them with additional demands that do not serve their needs.
Our plan is to contract a specialist in M&E, with particular expertise in women’s rights to help us conceptualise and build an appropriate signed-off framework by mid-year 2016.