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Monitoring and Evaluation

Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) is a key component to ensure our organization has the desired impact within our host communities. Underlying FCDE’s monitoring and evaluation approach is the intent to create systems that are culturally and technologically appropriate for the areas in which we work, and that include both program evaluation and outcome evaluation. The intent is to ensure we provide quality resources and technical support that respond to our program partners’ self-identified needs. We also assess whether our partner organizations' capacity to meet those needs have increased as relevant to their goals and outcomes.

FCDE uses a range of tools to gather data for its monitoring and evaluation system. To gain a holistic perspective, our assessments draw upon a wide selection of stakeholders associated with the various projects.

Indicators are determined by measurement approaches coupled with FCDE’s organizational objectives. Indicators are based on the SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound) concept to incorporate current development standards. As information and data is gathered, it is reviewed against indicators with feedback being provided to appropriate personnel. Annual evaluation of data is done to determine progress towards objectives and to assess whether larger change to our methodology is warranted. The results also prioritize effective activities to achieve organizational goals.

The monitoring and evaluation system is integrated with FCDE’s program development efforts. The FCDE International and US-based program staff jointly assess, improve and manage the M&E system. Additionally, external consultants periodically provide external review of the M&E procedures.