This book shares the ‘real-life’ experiences of 20 Planning, monitoring, and evaluation (PME) trainers and facilitators from Africa, Asia, and Europe and offers some suggestions for effective support to PME processes. It focuses on civil society organizations, including NGOs, church-linked development offices, networks, and people’s organizations. A rich selection of examples, success stories, challenges, and practical tips are offered. The authors advocate careful and sensitive PME facilitation.
Chapter 1: Oh No! Not Another PME Manual?
Oh No! Not Another PME Manual?
Where are We Coming from?
Planning, monitoring and evaluation (PME) remains a challenge for many development organisations in spite of countless PME workshops, experts and manuals. Yet, we believe that effective PME is essential for organisational survival (and therefore for sustainable development) and that this can be nurtured through careful and sensitive PME training and facilitation. We do not propose here a PME manual: our aim in these pages is rather to share some of our real-life experiences as PME facilitators and to offer suggestions to support PME processes, with a focus on civil society organisations.
As a group of facilitators who have worked on PME issues in different contexts, we realised that we confronted three ...