Friday, 9 September 2011

Monitoring on Women's Rights

A few days ago I shared a link to AWID's recent publications on monitoring and evaluation for women's rights. To tell from the enthusiastic response it received, it fills a gap. You can find the publication by clicking on its title: Strengthening Monitoring and Evaluation for Women's Rights: Thirteen Insights for Women's Organisations It is part of an eminently legible and commendable series written by Srilatha Batliwala and Alexandra Pittman. They have also published Strengthening Monitoring and Evaluation for Women's Rights: Twelve Insights for Donors and a broader critique of monitoring and evaluation in development co-operation on women's rights, Capturing Change in Women's Realities.

Now, do not expect to find a "pick-up-and-go" monitoring framework that any organisation can just slot into its systems without pain or effort. Anyone who promises such one-size-fits-all solutions should be distrusted.

The "Insights" booklets focus on basic principles that should guide organisations when building monitoring and evaluation systems - which should be crafted to the needs and resources of the individual organisation, in its specific context. The booklets can also come in handy when an organisation draws up TOR for external evaluators or other consultants involved in planning, monitoring and evaluation. Capturing Change includes a rich section that exposes the advantages and shortcomings of frameworks and tools commonly used in monitoring and evaluation in development work on women's rights.

Try also AWID's interactive M&E "wiki" - click here to get there.


Alexandra Pittman said...

Thanks for posting and sharing our resources, Michaela!

Some of your readers also might be interested in the AWID M&E wiki, which I designed and am moderating.

The aim is to create a space where women's organizations, practitioners, and donors that work on gender equality and women's rights can share their experiences using different M&E tools. We are hoping to stimulate more communication around M&E processes that work and do not work. To that end, I am gathering more resources and short examples of M&E approaches in different contexts for upload to the wiki. Please feel free to upload your examples directly to the wiki or contact me for assistance in uploading (or perhaps crafting a short case example). Thanks so much and hope to hear from some of you.
Alexandra Pittman

Alex said...

Thanks for the M&E Wiki