There is A LOT of information and resources online on monitoring and evaluation and it can often be a challenge to know where to start. If you are new to M&E or are interested in staying up-to-date on the latest approaches, here are some of my go-to resources and recommendations:
1. Start by visiting Better Evaluation – when I have a question about M&E my first stop is the Better Evaluation website. It is a great place for information on M&E concepts or a quick summary about a specific evaluation approach. Better Evaluation is a curated website with contributors from many countries. The website is organized around the key steps in an M&E planning process and breaks down often confusing concepts into easy to understand language. I also regularly check their events calendar for upcoming in-person and online learning opportunities.
2. Join a national or regional association – I am a member of the American Evaluation Association (AEA) and have found it to be an incredible resource for learning from and engaging with colleagues doing similar work. Through AEA I have attended free 20-minute “coffee break webinars”, multi-day online courses, and their annual conference. AEA has a specific working group for M&E professionals working in international contexts, but there are also many well known regional associations. Consider joining:
Many more regional evaluation associations can be found on this interactive map.
3. Sign up for M&E blogs & newsletters – my favorites include:
Eval Central – daily emails with compiled information from various M&E blogs
AEA365 – a tip of the day by and for evaluators
Monitoring and Evaluation News – a blog focused on sharing developments in M&E methods relevant to development programs
Many more internationally-focused M&E blogs and listservs can be found here
What are your go-to resources for learning about M&E?