Towards improved use of monitoring data

In development coorperation monitoring has evolved as a practice that is predominantly geared towards fulfiling upward accountability to donors. Monitoring is associated with gathering data for filling reports that are rarely used as the basis for broader reflection or to inspire practitioners to develop new and creative solutions. For most organisations, the potential to use monitoring results for learning is therefore under-utilised. In order to better understand why this is the case a working group made up of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) managers and experts from Partos member organisations commissioned a study to identify factors that constrain the use of monitoring data by Dutchbased non-governmental organisations (NGOs) as well as their development partners around the world. The research also gathered a number of cases stories describing how various Partos members have tried to address one or more of these factors.

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