Agencies Need to Get Savvy about Low-cost Program Evaluation

Source
Brookings Institute

This resource discusses how SBC programs usually plan for M&E from the very first planning steps, but that depending on the funding, M&E budgets can at times be limited. Planners must figure out how to evaluate the program on a limited budget.

Included is guidance on how to approach low-cost M&E, and this guidance is mostly geared to programs in the US or funded by US agencies, but the ideas in the article can be applied to any program into which M&E is being embedded, such as:

  • Make greater use of existing data that agencies and their partners already collect
  • Embed rigorous evaluations into existing programs