The (endangered) art of monitoring in development programmes

Murray Boardman of Save The Children New Zealand makes a good case for monitoring (apart from the reminder that it has been generally ignored relative to its more popular cousin ‘evaluation’) when he reiterated that

Projects do not become problems due to poor evaluations –
1. Projects ‘fail’ because implementation is not monitored and adapted.
2. Poor design can be corrected if monitoring is correctly applied.

Broadly there is a failure to link:
1. Implementation to monitoring.
2. Monitoring to design.
3. Monitoring to evaluation.

Murray’s presentation here.


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