DIY M&E: A step-by-step monitoring and evaluation framework guide

DIY M&E: A step-by-step monitoring and evaluation framework guide

The Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act) has changed the Commonwealth’s focus from financial performance to qualitative evaluation – as has the Victorian Government’s Investment Management Standard and the NSW Government’s program evaluation circular. It’s not just about how you’ve spent the money but how the program has performed as a whole.

Although daunting to some, program evaluation provides a great opportunity to showcase the brilliant things your team is doing and provides a way to look at how program practices can be better and smoother.

Introducing an M&E framework

An integral part of understanding how well your program has performed is having a monitoring and evaluation framework (M&E framework) and applying it to the specific context of your program.

M&E frameworks describe the overall approach to the evaluation of a program, policy, system or organisation over a period of time.

It helps you set out and record the activities you need to complete to assess your program’s performance over time to assess whether your program is on the right track.

So we created a M&E framework guide to help you build your own. The guide gives you the right structure and useful explanation of what is typically required in each section, such as:

  • Introduction eg purpose, scope and structure
  • About the program, including program theory and program logic
  • Approach to evaluation
  • Monitoring approach, including KPIs and reporting
  • Data collection
  • Other content typically required

Download our comprehensive guide to build an M&E framework for your own program today. When you download the guide, you’ll also receive a simple editable template to get you started.