Why and How Monitoring is Being Done

Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) is an essential element of every program, providing a way to assess the progress of the program in achieving its goals and objectives and informing key stakeholders and program designers about the results. For M&E to be successful and provide useful results, it must be incorporated into the program at the design stage. That is, planning an intervention and developing an M&E strategy should be inseparable, concurrent activities. To ensure the relevance and sustainability of M&E activities, project designers, in collaboration with national and local stakeholders and donors, must work in a participatory manner to develop an integrated and comprehensive M&E work plan. Projects at all levels, whether they consist of multiple integrated projects or single interventions, should include an M&E work plan (framework). Such plans will guide the design of M&E, highlight what information or data need to be collected, describe how best to collect it, and specify how to disseminate and use the results of M&E.

This comprehensive M&E framework describes the overall purpose of M&E; presents M&E methods and M&E tools; shows how to determine what data should be collected and how; describes M&E data flow; specifies necessary resources and who implements M&E; and presents plans for dissemination and data use.

The objective of this Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) framework is to ensure better planning, targeting, and feedback on Lake Chilwa Climate Change Adaptation Programme (LCBCCAP) operations.

A monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system has been put in place in order to ensure that useful, reliable, and timely feedback is provided to LCBCCAP partners and other relevant stakeholders. This information and analysis assists partners and other stakeholders to assess whether the objectives of the project are being met, to identify necessary measures to address bottlenecks and weaknesses, and to assess the implications of the project beyond its immediate beneficiaries. The system assists implementing partners draw lessons from the experiences of the project. The monitoring and evaluation system serves as a management tool both in respect of the project as a whole, as well as in respect of its main components.