Equal Access Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation toolkit

June Lennie, Jo Tacchi, Bikash Koirala, Michael Wilmore and Andrew Skuse
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This toolkit aims to help communication for development (C4D) organisations to demonstrate the impacts and outcomes of their initiatives, listen to their listeners, continuously learn, and feed this learning back into your organisation and its practices. It is a key outcome of the Assessing Communication for Social Change (AC4SC) project, which was a successful collaboration between Equal Access Nepal, Equal Access International, Queensland University of Technology and the University of Adelaide, Australia. 

The toolkit is guided by the principles of the Communication for Social Change approach to C4D and participatory monitoring and evaluation (PM&E). It is based on recent ideas about effective evaluation and evaluation capacity development and learnings from the AC4SC project. This toolkit aims to help C4D organisations to become learning organisations that regularly critically reflect on their work.

As well as an introductory section, it comprises the following modules and tools:

  • Module 1: Effective communication, feedback and reporting systems in a PM&E process
  • Module 2: Setting objectives and indicators
  • Module 3: Research and PM&E methods
  • Module 4: Critical Listening and Feedback Sessions
  • Module 5: Doing qualitative data analysis
  • Module 6: Getting started and planning for PM&E and impact assessment
  • Equal Access Community Researcher manual
  • The Most Significant Change technique: A manual for M&E staff and others at Equal Access
  • Useful resources, information and tools

Either the whole toolkit, or individual modules can be used. The toolkit encourages you to include as many people and stakeholders in your monitoring and evaluation work as possible. Its methods are largely qualitative, because through qualitative approaches you often learn something new and unexpected and gather rich insights into the subtle processes involved in social change. However, it encourages you to use a range of methods, including those that provide useful quantitative data.