Well…this is the first of what may become a long list of rambling thoughts about monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of international aid. I’m a consultant that works with a range of NGO, corporate and bilateral organisations to improve M&E. I travel to many parts of the world for much of the year. My aim is to blog issues, ideas, challenges and solutions that I encounter in my travels.
A key element in the success or failure of surveys is the way that questions are worded. De Vaus (2002) provides a handy checklist that can help mitigate poorly pitched questions. The following checklist to guide the wording of questions may be useful : Is the language simple? Can the question be shortened? Is the […]
For a long time, I’ve been using the phrase ‘theory of change’ to express the idea that a project is essentially a social experiment, and that M&E is about testing the hypotheses implicit in the social experiment. Recently I was challenged to succinctly elaborate what I thought embodied the ‘theory of change’ approach. The following […]