Monitoring and evaluation in stabilisation interventions

Reviewing the state of the art and suggesting ways forward

by Christian van Stolk, Tom Ling, Anais Reding, Matt Bassford

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Abstract

This report reviews the state of the art in monitoring and evaluation in stabilisation environments and suggests ways to improve practice. The report was commissioned by the United Kingdom's Stabilisation Unit and is based on a documentary review and a dozen interviews conducted with experts in the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, the United Nations, the European Commission and the World Bank.

The report argues that theories of change are central to effective M&E but remain scarcely applied in the field. It is suggested that contribution stories be used to develop these theories of change in a way which is adapted to the complex and turbulent environments in which stabilisation operations take place. The report also points to the importance of moving from a view of M&E as an ad hoc process to integrating it to stabilisation operations. Given the complexity and turbulence of stabilisation environments, this would also allow monitors to retain flexibility, and adapt indicators when necessary.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One

    Monitoring and evaluation is central to learning lessons in stabilisation interventions

  • Chapter Two

    Monitoring and evaluation in stabilisation interventions needs to move beyond conventional approaches

  • Chapter Three

    Theory of change can underpin effective monitoring and evaluation

  • Chapter Four

    Theory of change approaches need to be tailored carefully to the stabilisation context

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