Exploratory case studies on African monitoring and evaluation systems

2019-12-12 africa case studies connect learns monitoring and evaluation research

When decision makers wish to use evidence from monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems to assist them in making choices, a demand for M&E is generated. When the capacity to supply M&E information is high, but capacity on the part of decision makers to demand quality evidence is low, supply and demand are mismatched. In this context, Picciotto (2009) observes, “monitoring masquerades as evaluation”. Based upon this observation, this paper seeks to answer the question: What evidence is there, from the six cases in this volume, that African governments are developing stronger demand for evidence from M&E systems?