Developing a Monit...

Developing a Monitoring and Evaluation Plan for ICT for Education

This chapter describes a number of steps that are common to virtually every M&E plan for ICT4E projects. They include how to get started with the M&E plan, how to translate the overall vision for M&E into implementation, and how to disseminate the results. The important aspect of determining the costs and benefits of M&E is covered, and the chapter concludes with some key recommendations.
Excerpted from the infoDev publication, Monitoring and Evaluation of ICT in Education Projects: A Handbook for Developing Countries.

Executive Summary

  • This chapter provides an overview of the processes, tasks and outcomes that are needed to implement a successful M&E plan.
  • The M&E process should be an integral component of any planned ICT in Education program and should be factored into planning before a project starts.
  • Appropriate, realistic and measurable indicators should be selected (and not too many!) to monitor outputs and outcomes.
  • All major stakeholders should be identified and involved in making M&E decisions. This will avoid possible problems with buy-in and commitment later in the process.
  • M&E implementation costs should not be underestimated.
  • We suggest that approximately 5 to 10 percent of total project costs be set aside as a reasonable target for M&E programming.

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