Keystone’s impact planning, assessment and learning systems build on the strengths of traditional M&E and address some of their frustrations:
- they recognise that social change processes are complex and non-linear: planning is focused on who has to do what for success,
- they help develop realistic and effective strategies,
- they provide a rigorous monitoring framework geared towards continuous learning, adaptation and improvement,
- they focus on hearing the voices of all the constituents of social change and on strengthening dialogue,
- they generate summary, quantified data for senior managers, which can be compared and aggregated.
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The process of designing an impact planning, assessment and learning system usually involves:
- workshop(s) for clarifying the organisation’s or programme’s Theory of Change
- identifying strategies and specific indicators, and developing templates for data collection and storage
- monitoring indicators, using a variety of methods, including gathering feedback from constituents
- reporting progress back to constituents and also publicly (as appropriate)
- structured opportunities for reflection to review progress and the Theory of Change and make plans for the future.
Read some short examples.
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