We believe that information is power. We move our partners up the evidence-to-results chain through world class monitoring systems that enable timely and informed decisions.
From over 25 years of experience with monitoring, we believe:
Information from monitoring systems feeds into four areas- Planning, Accountability, Learning, Performance Management (PALP)
Systems should be use-focused and owned by users
Comprehensiveness is important; but for user, simplicity is key
A good blend of quantitative and qualitative information is essential for insight
Priorities will change, so systems should evolve with needs
Clarity and consensus on how information will be used is critical for action
Some of our work in this area:
Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning for Avahan India AIDS Initiative Phase III across five high HIV-prevalence states in South India. We worked with 87 community organizations, reaching 1,36,000+ key population to design and implement technology driven MEAL systems for better data-based decision making.
Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning System for the Poorest Areas Civil Society Program (PACS-I) across six states of India; designed and implemented the entire system covering – inputs, activities, processes, outputs, outcomes and impact for four years; covering over 300-odd civil society organizations in India. The Project was implemented by Development Alternatives and supported by the Department for International Development (DFID).
Designing and Operationalising a Participatory Monitoring System for Eastern and Western India Rainfed Farming Projects, supported by DFID – India.
Design of a monitoring, evaluation and learning framework and tool to support the implementation of an Institutional Network Strengthening Programme, with a specific focus on the Asia Pacific region, for Transparency International (TI).
Monitoring system for United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) , Nigeria in supporting the National Drug Law Enforcement Authority (NDLEA), which is leading the National Drug Control Master Plan (NDCMP), in partnership with 37 Ministries/agencies.
3 FOLD – Wealthy, Resilient and Responsible Farmers 3Fold is about developing wealthy, resilient and responsible farmers – making them successful entrepreneurs and sustained job creators, helping them increase their income by three times. It believes in the empowerment of farmers and their entrepreneurship potential.
It addresses the key gaps of:
lack of integrated services (end-to-end) which is appropriate to the farmers,
need for ‘diversified options’ (value addition, farm, allied and off-farm), augmented by ‘integrators/activators at field level’ and ‘technology’, and
establishment of a sustainable eco-system at a Cluster level, that enables collaborative actions for collective impact.
We, in collaboration with PRAXIS, developed a self-administrable tool with the objective of enabling community-led organizations to measure progress in community mobilisation and its pathway towards sustainability. The COPI tool helps identify key areas related to administrative, programmatic and financial systems that are required to be strengthened. It applies a five-step process: Assessment, Analysis, Planning, Action and Monitoring.
The participatory characteristics of the COPI tool help Community Organizations in assessing their progress from a basic stage to a vibrant stage, which determines the ability of the community to own programmes and influence outcomes. of HIV prevention and vulnerability reduction. – context before this?
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Research studies which are carried out in rural setting have contextual issues like illiteracy, and hence written forms of data collection cannot always be used there. While participatory methods like maps, drawings, pictures and diagrams are recommended in these scenarios, the sensitive nature of research queries often render participatory exercises ineffective.
Acknowledging this, we conceived a “polling booth” methodology which balances confidentiality concerns, information requirements and ease of data collection. This methodology uses ballot boxes and coloured cards for recording responses that are mostly of a “Yes” or “No” nature. It thus ensures confidentiality and anonymity of respondents, thereby facilitating uninhibited responses.
Development programmes are often complex in nature and hence require support for programme management and monitoring.
We have developed a solution which enables:
Defining monitor and track activities in a Project, with dynamic hierarchy of activities by any unit of time across years.
Activities can be assigned to one or more people/groups consisting of internal or external teams to update status periodically.
Activities status is updated by selection of color and percentage by person/group responsible.
Activities are assigned to one or more agencies that are responsible to update the status. If there are multiple status updates from different agencies for an activity, the reviewer approved status will be considered for reporting.
Dashboards give a view on status of activities against different time periods.