How do you normally feel about monitoring and evaluation? A drag? Boring? Complicated? A ‘have to’? You wouldn’t be the only one. It’s part of the job though. But it can definitely be more simple and useful. That’s why we are excited to announce the development of something new: an M&E 2.0 toolkit, that adds a pragmatic and more fun dimension to existing methods. Because we believe you can make it work!

So what’s new? Let’s sketch some differences between current M&E and M&E 2.0 from our viewpoint:

1.0                                                                   2.0
Top down (led by project managers)    Bottom up (led by the participants)
Experts (experts provide opinion  Crowd (target groups provide multiple opinions)
Transparency   Open
One time (after intervention finished)  Real time (continuously throughout project)
Accountability (to donors) Open source (stakeholders use the data they need)
Broadcasting (one source sends)     Conversation (multiple sources are in dialogue)
Focus on institutions    Focus on people
Control (of people and project)  Trust (among people)
Justification (to donors)     Learning (continuous learning during intervention)
Single data entry   Multiple data linked to each other

Over the past years several M&E methods & tools have been developed that fully or partly adhere to the M&E 2.0 philosophy as described above. This is not to say that 1.0 is dead, it’s just time to add new dimensionsand make it more bottom-up, fuelled by the crowd, real time, etc.

1%CLUB and EyeOpener Works are in the process of selecting and testing new M&E 2.0 methodology. Additional criteria for this methodology, in addition to the ones mentioned above, are simplicity/applicability, scalability, open-source and multi-disciplinarity.

Three current M&E methods & tools that in our view best match these criteria for selection of M&E 2.0 methods & tools are:

  • Most significant change (MSC)
  • Participatory Video (PV)
  • Mobile reporting (inspired by FLOW)

Methods we considered but that did not qualify according to our viewpoint are Outcome Mapping, Appreciative Inquiry, Digital storytelling and Sensemaker (by Global Giving). We consider them to be too general, broad, process oriented, or commercial.

Therefore, during the upcoming weeks, we prefer to upgrade the potential of experiences with MSC, PV and Mobile reporting. We’ve chosen to undertake a  pilot in Kenya with six 1%CLUB partners. In collaboration with other experts and relevant stakeholders we hope to come up with new methodology that aims to combine the best elements of already existing tools. The next four months will be a process of continuous reflection on our endeavours, which we’ll gladly share with you. Join our learning curve!

More to come… Keep you posted!