Keith Mackay, Senior Evaluation Officer, Independent Evaluation Group, World Bank
The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development / The World Bank, 2007
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“……A growing number of governments are working to improve their performance by creating systems to measure and help them understand their performance. These systems for monitoring and evaluation (M&E) are used to measure the quantity, quality, and targeting of the goods and services? the outputs? that the state provides and to measure the outcomes and impacts resulting from these outputs. These systems are also a vehicle to facilitate understanding of the causes of good and poor performance.
There are many reasons for the increasing efforts to strengthen government M&E systems. Fiscal pressures and ever-rising expectations from ordinary citizens provide a continuing impetus for governments to provide more government services and with higher standards of quality. ...."
PART I—WHAT DO MONITORING AND EVALUATION HAVE TO OFFER GOVERNMENTS?
2 What Is M&E?—An M&E Primer
3 Contribution of M&E to Sound Governance
4 Key Trends Influencing Countries—Why Countries Are Building M&E Systems
PART II—SOME COUNTRY EXPERIENCE
5 Good Practice Countries—What Does “Success” Look Like?
9 The Special Case of
10 Building Government M&E Systems—Lessons from Experience
11 Incentives for M&E—How to Create Demand
PART IV—HOW TO STRENGTHEN A GOVERNMENT M&E SYSTEM
12 The Importance of Country Diagnosis
13 Preparing Action Plans
PART V—REMAINING ISSUES
14 Frontier Issues
15 Concluding Remarks
PART VI—Q&A: COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS
A: Lessons on How to Ensure Evaluations Are Influential
B: A Country Diagnosis—The Example of
C: Terms of Reference for an In-Depth Diagnosis of Colombia’s M&E System
D: Evaluation of IEG’s Support for Institutionalizing M&E Systems
E: Glossary of Key Terms in M&E
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