WHAT IS MONITORING AND EVALUATION (M&E) AND WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
Monitoring and evaluation (or “M&E”) is a key component and process in any project or program. M&E is also known as “impact evaluation” - because it does just that: document, evaluate, and demonstrate the impact of a project. For this reason, The Rotary Foundation requires M&E for Global Grants – to systematically document and demonstrate the impact of the work Rotary and Rotarians are doing around the world.
M&E takes place over a specific period of time and measures the immediate results of a project (“outputs”) and deeper changes that take place over time (“outcomes” and “impact”). This information allows project stakeholders - including funders, organizers, and participants - to better understand:
HOW WAS M&E DONE FOR THE POSITIVE PEACE WORKSHOP?
True Roots International (TRI), a nonprofit consulting organization directed by a Rotary Peace Fellow with relevant experience in peace and conflict resolution, was selected to coordinate the M&E of the Rotary Global Grant GG-1747287 "First National Encounter - A Stronger Mexico: Pillars of Positive Peace." (To see a detailed timeline and description of M&E activities carried out by True Roots International, see "Appendix 1: Measuring the Impact").
WHAT IS IN THIS REPORT?
This report summarizes findings of True Roots International’s M&E work from April 2017 - April 2018, providing funders and organizers with data and information - evidence - of the short-term results and longer-term impact of the Workshop within the time period of TRI’s M&E scope of work.
KEY TAKEAWAYS & RECOMMENDATIONS
True Roots International was closely involved in the Mexico Positive Peace Workshop planning and M&E, granting us a unique perspective on the whole project and process. As such, there are a number of general, overarching observations and recommendations we wish to share with readers of this report.