Monitoring and evaluation: Let’s get crystal clear on the difference

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I often see the terms monitoring and evaluation used in the same breath, and have heard many comment that M&E is usually much more M than E.

It seems to me that the lack of a clear distinction between the two means that evaluation is getting shortchanged.

So, what is the difference?

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The world’s first evaluation e-minibook? Actionable Evaluation Basics

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The evaluation community has long discussed the rising prices of evaluation texts and guides, and the difficulties of accessing a good selection of evaluation books and resources in some parts of the world.

Some of the heaviest selling texts are now clocking in at over US$100, which is also hefty for graduate students buying

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Why “What’s the best tool to measure the effectiveness of X?” is totally the wrong question

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Time after time in online discussion groups I see questions like this one:

“What are the best tools to measure the effectiveness of [insert any program, policy, or initiative]?”

It’s a classic case of thinking evaluation is merely measurement, and measurement gives you the answers.

Many managers and non-evaluators think like this – that

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GE in Anaheim – Purposeful/Nuts and Bolts

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We’re looking forward to the workshops we’ll be conducting next week before and after the American Evaluation Association conference. It’s always fun to explore with new people the ideas we’ve discussed in our books.

Jane will be looking at ways to ‘get genuine’ with evaluation – really asking evaluative questions that really matter,

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Appropriate simplicity? Discussion tonight San Francisco

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Multiple deadlines and travel have been getting in the way of either Jane or me posting on the many evaluation issues in the news at the moment. But I hope to see some Genuine Evaluation readers at tonight’s panel discussion in San Francisco, co-hosted by the San Francisco Bay Area Evaluators and The Evaluators

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