The challenge. From a small park renovation to a multi-country disaster risk reduction work, every project needs clearly defined logic that resonates well the collective vision of stakeholders for change. In other words, every development project is designed to achieve specific outcomes, which are expected to be delivered through various intermediate results and supposedly measured using SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timed) indicators. A program theory, implicit or explicit, connect, connects inputs and investments with outcomes anticipated, making various assumptions. The program design is indeed a hypothesis of achieving a result through an input. Such hypothesis needs to be tested against the actual experience and data, and there has to an anticipatory approach to deal with surprises and unexpected situations. Careful monitoring of actions and evaluation of results can generate important insights into how a project can best be managed. Lessons from one project cycles are crucial to plan a new cycle of the projects, and evidence-informed policies and strategies.  


Our expertise. IFSD experts have proven track of experience designing Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) strategies and plans, logical/result frameworks, theory of change and systems transitions, developing MEL capacity, conducting outcome harvesting and impact evaluations, and developing tools and capacity for participatory monitoring and evaluations. The team has a record of successfully delivering monitoring and evaluation related services to a range of international development agencies, governments and NGOs. Collectively we have over 100 years of experience across 40 projects covering sectors related to 11 of the 17 SDGs.