Why do evaluations?
Published on Linkedin, 13 May, 2017. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/effective-evaluation-policies-public-sector-agencies-scott-bayley/
M&E is not an end in itself. Governments and organizations build monitoring and evaluation systems because they believe that such systems will help them to improve their governance and performance.
In particular M&E can be used to support:
This has to do with rules, whether formal or informal, that an organization establishes for conducting and using evaluations. Evaluation policies include such things as authorizations, requirements, funding, methods, planning, publishing, and quality assurance for evaluation. They may be promulgated through laws, regulations, administrative procedures, budgets, organizations, and standards. They may be established at the national level by the parliament or executive agencies. Similar rules can be promulgated by State and local governments, by foundations, or any organization that wishes to make evaluation part of the way they do business.
Evaluation is a key aspect of managing for results. Managing for results in the public sector involves 5 steps:
i.e. seeking a consensus about what should be measured, how, & with what consequences and applying a range of relevant tools to drive continuous improvement
Scott Bayley is Senior Principal Specialist, MEL at Oxford Policy Management (OPM).
Scott leads OPM Australia’s monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) work for the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.