5 steps for choosing monitoring metrics

A UNEP officer writes the data given by technicians to monitor water levels at a camp for internally dipslaced persons in North Darfur, Sudan. Photo by: UNAMID / Albert González Farran / CC BY-NC-ND

NAIROBI — Monitoring and evaluation has become ever more central to global development work, helping to ensure that programs are as effective as possible, and that lessons are learned.

But that same efficiency doesn’t always apply to monitoring systems themselves, with organizations often gathering too much data that isn’t relevant to their core decision-making, according to an IDinsight presentation at the Global Schools Forum Annual Meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, last week.

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    Sara Jerving

    Sara Jerving is Devex's East Africa Correspondent based in Nairobi. She is a reporter and producer, whose work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Vice News, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Nation magazine, among others. Sara holds a master's degree in business and economic reporting from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism where she was a Lorana Sullivan fellow.