A Practitioner's Guidelines for Career in Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)
I will describe a few things that you should be doing to achieve your goal of being a “M&E Rockstar”.
1. Subscribe to online platforms:
An essential resource is ‘My M&E.’ This is an interactive Web 2.0 platform that shares knowledge on country-led M&E systems worldwide. Additionally, ‘My M&E’ has a virtual library, maintains a roster of evaluators, has a listing of training programmes offered by different institutions, gives an overview of M&E job vacancies, has webinars and an e-learning programme. “My M&E” is the ultimate ‘one stop shop of M&E”. So, what are you waiting for? Go sign up already!
Additionally, you should be a subscriber to BetterEvaluation.org. This is not a suggestion, it is an absolute must for anybody who is serious about M&E. I find this website to be a rich source of useful (and downloadable) documents on a wide variety of thematic areas.
2. Join an Evaluation Society or Association:
I definitely recommend that you become a member of your national/regional evaluation society or association. Not only does this give you credibility, but it is good for networking and for keeping abreast of the developments in your local context.
For example, 2015 is designated as the International Year of Evaluation by the UN. Being a member of your Evaluation Society may give you both information and access to certain conferences or events that is being organized in your area to commemorate the International Year of Evaluation.
Below is a list of just a few evaluation societies and associations. Many more of such entities exist.
- American Evaluation Association (AEA)
- African Evaluation Society (AfrEA)
- Australian Evaluation Society (AES)
- Canadian Evaluation Society (CEA)
- European Evaluation Society (EES)
- UK Evaluation Society (UKES)
- Evaluation for development programmes at London International Development Centre.
- Impact evaluation design at Institute of Development Studies
- Impact evaluation for evidence-based policy in development, University of East Anglia
- Planning, monitoring and evaluation for complex development programmes, University of Bologna
- Building skills to evaluate development interventions, International Programme for Development Evaluation Training, Ottowa, Canada
- Impact evaluation collaborative, University of California, Berkeley
- Impact evaluation of interventions addressing social determinants of health, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Conferences and seminars:
- UNDP Handbook on Planning, Monitoring and Evaluating (Result Based M&E/ RBM)
- A Guide for Project M&E - IFAD
- Evaluation Manual - IFAD
- M&E Guide for European Union Funded Projects
- M&E Guidelines for USAID Funded Projects
- 19 Tips on USAID M&E System
- The Road to Results-Designing and Conducting Effective Development Evaluations by World Bank