What is Participatory Monitoring & Evaluation?
Participatory monitoring & evaluation (PM&E) is a process through which stakeholders at various levels engage in monitoring or evaluating a particular project, program or policy, share control over the content, the process and the results of the M&E activity and engage in taking or identifying corrective actions. PM&E focuses on the active engagement of primary stakeholders.
Why is Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation important?
Participation is increasingly being recognized as being integral to the M&E process, since it offers new ways of assessing and learning from change that are more inclusive, and more responsive to the needs and aspirations of those most directly affected. PM&E is geared towards not only measuring the effectiveness of a project, but also towards building ownership and empowering beneficiaries; building accountability and transparency ; and taking corrective actions to improve performance and outcomes.
What are the principles of Participatory Monitoring & Evaluation?
Conventionally, monitoring and evaluation has involved outside experts coming in to measure performance against pre-set indicators, using standardized procedures and tools. PM&E differs from more conventional approaches in that it seeks to engage key project stakeholders more actively in reflecting and assessing the progress of their project and in particular the achievement of results.
Core principles of PM&E are:
- primary stakeholders are active participants – not just sources of information
- building capacity of local people to analyze, reflect and take action
- joint learning of stakeholders at various levels
- catalyzes commitment to taking corrective actions