Monitoring and Evaluation Tools
We promote useful monitoring and evaluation (M&E) tools to support strong results measurement and impact evaluation in international projects across all sectors. While the bottom line is locally appropriate and sustainable systems, we employ a wide variety of practical approaches to design, information management, and results use, in order to reinforce effective interpretation, analysis, and feedback-enhancing program performance.
Principles we use in building quality M&E systems include an explicit focus on
- Ensuring timely and relevant content
- Reinforcing data quality through local ownership
- Sharing and using results information to enhance impact
Using M&E tools that reinforce appropriate content, ownership, and big-picture impact assures results measurement and evaluation systems help keep all stakeholders engaged in meaningful participation, which is crucial to sustainable development. Useful M&E systems requires expertise, precision, and sometimes sophisticated techniques, but the system in action ultimately must make sense to and be owned by project teams, implementing partners, local counterparts, and other stakeholders.
ICT and M&E Tools
Our M&E tools and approaches draw where appropriate on RTI's information and communication technology (ICT) specialists, approaches, and tools. We can build flexibly on technology suitable in a variety of field settings, ranging from simple but well-organized paper trails, to multilevel databases, to selective integration with cell phones or geographic information systems.
EMMETM is one Web-based tool developed at RTI to support M&E information management in RTI-led projects. EMME offers project team members, partners, clients, and authorized counterparts secure yet convenient access to meaningful, current project information (results, background, and supporting documents) through the Web.
Using EMME during a project's life cycle can help team members, managers, and other designated stakeholders stay on track with sound M&E frameworks and appropriate indicators, document targets, and monitor indicator values over time for better analysis and assessment of results. Standardized EMME reports can be incorporated directly into proposals, periodic reports, or exported for other uses.