Collaborative Research and Capacity Strengthening for Monitoring and Evaluation and Impact Assessment of IFAD Projects in Bhutan and India

What is the challenge?

Monitoring is continuous observation, correction and reflection of activities. Evaluation is a similar exercise where observations on change as a result of project intervention, whether intended or unintended, are compared over time and lessons are drawn to improve project design and management.  Monitoring and Evaluation is thus important for any project as it works as management as well as learning tool. Timely trend detection through M&E can minimize project failures and facilitates necessary adjustments to project activities and strategies. Incorporating the lessons learned from M & E processes facilitate improved implementation and enhance chances of achieving desired results.

Key Aims

The overall goal of the grant is improved M&E performance of projects that will generate strong evidence of project outcomes and impact, along with clear data on progress of project implementation. This improved flow of information from projects will lead to improved project management and a more thorough assessment of project impact. As well as a better understanding of how project interventions in agriculture and other sectors can lead to reduced poverty, improved food security and better nutrition. The grant will also improve reporting on IFAD’s RIMS indicators. The grant will assist projects in developing systems for collecting information in a way that is cost effective and timely.

Project Activities and Outputs

Needs Assessment of projects will be undertaken before implementation of project activities. On the basis of the need assessment, the activities indicated in this proposal will be fine-tuned for planned implementation. There will be training for individuals and agencies involved in M&E activities. This would include training on planning of M&E, data collection (formal and informal), data analysis and interpretation, preparing of M&E reports, and utilization of M&E results for knowledge management.

Technical advice and support will provide project M&E teams with practical help in planning and implementing M&E.  The grant will also provide M&E expertise for IFAD missions (to review project progress in M&E), participate in IFAD workshops and other events (which provide a forum for presentations and discussions on M&E to a non-specialized audience, including senior project management and policy makers).  Projects will be helped to produce project level M&E guidelines.  These guidelines, after testing, may then be used to develop generic guidelines that can be used across similar projects. Collaborative surveys for to assess project results and impact would be carried out through a partnership between IFPRI and the project. These tasks will all be carried out collaboratively with project M&E staff so that their capacity is built through practical experience of a real life survey.

The end result of the project will be better skills and capacity for M&E for project staff – that will come about from training, IFPRI mentoring and support, and from participating in collaborative surveys with IFPRI. Adoption of M&E methods that are both rigorous and participatory as well as use of new methods for M&E including adoption of ICT will be the end result.

Basic Info

  • Region: India, Bhutan