Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) are essential components of good programme management at all levels as in State, District, Block. Monitoring & Evaluation covers assessment of programme inputs, activities, outputs, outcomes and impacts.
Although the term monitoring and evaluation tends to get run together as though they are one thing, monitoring & evaluation are in fact two distinct sets of departmental activities which are related but not identical.
Is the systematic collection and analysis of information as a project progresses
Is aimed at improving the efficiency and effectiveness of a project or department
Is based on targets set and activities planned during the planning phases of work
Assesses the progress on a day-to-day basis and thus helps to keep the work on track
Help to determine whether the resources available are sufficient and being well used Provides a useful base for evaluation
Possible sources for Monitoring
Recording & analysis of important incidents
Systematic review of relevant official statistics
Is the comparisiopn of actful project impacts against the agreed strategic plans.