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Developing a monitoring and evaluation framework in a humanitarian non-profit organisation using agile methodology

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posted on 2023-10-19, 04:22 authored by Leanne KellyLeanne Kelly, J Goodall, L Lombardi
PurposeThis paper relays the process the authors used to develop a monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework in the emergency services team at Australian Red Cross. The paper aims to provide useful information and guidance to support others to build and improve their M&E frameworks, which are fundamental for guiding achievement of department or organisational goals.Design/methodology/approachThis paper uses a case study to describe the participatory agile methodology applied to develop the framework. The completed framework includes indicators mined from pre-existing literature and highlights the benefits of using an agile and participatory approach to cultivate user buy-in, enhance operational relevance and create timely results.FindingsDevelopment of the M&E framework streamlined measurement across the team, improved programmatic strategic alignment, identified gaps in data collection and promoted utilisation of evaluative information. Additionally, it was an exercise in evaluation capacity building, with many process uses, which positively influenced the implementation stage.Originality/valueThere are very few scholarly papers that outline the process taken to develop M&E frameworks, and none in the humanitarian, emergency services field. Additionally, this paper offers an innovative use of agile in facilitating a collaborative, sustainable and meaningful framework.

History

Journal

Disaster Prevention and Management: An International Journal

Pagination

Jan-14

Location

Bingley, Eng.

ISSN

0965-3562

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal