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Ten steps to a results-based monitoring and evaluation system

Author / Copyright Holder: The World Bank
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The focus of this handbook is on a comprehensive ten-step model that
will help guide development practitioners through the process of
designing and building a results-based M&E system. These steps begin
with a “Readiness Assessment” and take the practitioner through the
design, management, and, importantly, the sustainability of such systems.

The handbook describes each step in detail, the tasks needed to
complete each, and the tools available to help along the way.

An effective state is essential to achieving sustainable socioeconomic development. With the advent of globalization, there are growing pressures on governments and organizations around the world to be more responsive to the demands of internal and external stakeholders for good governance, accountability and transparency, greater development effectiveness, and delivery of tangible results. Governments, parliaments, citizens, the private sector, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), civil society, international organizations, and donors are among the stakeholders interested in better performance. As demands for greater accountability and real results have increased, there is an attendant need for enhanced results-based monitoring and evaluation of policies, programs, and projects.

Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) is a powerful public management tool that can be used to improve the way governments and organizations achieve results. Just as governments need financial, human resource, and accountability systems, governments also need good performance feedback systems.