Monitoring & Evaluation
ROLE OF MONITORING & EVALUATION
Monitoring & Evaluation (M & E) key role is to provide evidence that SERVIR-E&SA project is contributing to increased use of earth observation information and geospatial technologies in development decision-making in food security; water, weather, and disaster management; and land use. It is expected that SERVIR- E&SA project activities that include training, development of tools and products, forum exchanges will improve the environmental management and resilience to climate change of governments and stakeholders by integrating geospatial technology and earth observation information in development making decisions. Counting the number of tools developed, people trained and those attending exchange forums are important but the impact of this project will be measured by the extent to which these tools, products and technology will be used for decision making in helping to solve societal problems. SERVIR-E&SA therefore has developed M & E Plan that will;
- Support the project to assess achievement against targets and support future replications of effective project implementation
- Establish a system to gather meaningful information that supports reflection, learning and improvement
- Support SERVIR-E&SA staff and stakeholders by providing evidence for activity level management and decision-making
- Ensure that activities provide necessary quality data to assess project progress
Monitoring will be ongoing and systematic to track whether activities are being carried out as intended and will help to answer questions that include:
How well are we doing in terms of project achievements?
- Are we implementing activities as planned in designated timeline?
- What data are we collecting and why?
- Are we over/under-spending?
- What are the lessons learnt to improve project implementation?
Evaluation will be conducted at specific period in the life of the SERVIR-E&SA, usually at the mid-term or end of the project. Evaluation will verify whether project objectives have been achieved or not. It is a management tool which can assist in evidence-based decision making, and provide valuable lessons to implementing organisations.
Evaluation will help to answer the following questions that include:
- Did the project contribute to increased use of tools, products and technology in decision making to solve societal problems? What is the evidence?
- What evidence is there that the project has improved the capacity of institutions and changed the lives of individuals or communities?
- How relevant is the project in relation to beneficiaries and stakeholders? What is the evidence?
- What were the key project results?
- What factors contributed to and/or hindered these results?
- How has SERVIR-E&SA project improved the management and institutional capacity of RCMRD to provide earth observation and geospatial information services in Agriculture and Food Security, Water and Hydro-climatic Disasters, Land Cover, Land Use Change and Ecosystems, Weather and Climate?
- What is the potential for sustainability, expansion and replication of SERVIR- E&SA project in other countries?
- Were the available resources (human, financial) utilized as planned and used in an effective way?
- What are the lessons learned from SERVIR-E&SA project?
- How should these lessons be utilized in future planning and decision making?