Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation
In order to successfully implement projects and measure success or progress, a well structured M&E approach is necessary.
Visions Center therefore help our clients to increase the value, impact, and sustainability of their company while ensuring accountability and oversight of the programs implemented.
Visions Center offers integrated design, monitoring and evaluation solutions encompassing complete project, programme and portfolio cycles. We help our clients improve impact, efficiency, and sustainability while increasing accountability and value for money. Our team has developed innovative methods to gain unprecedented access in complex and challenging contexts, gathering high-quality data through tested and conflict-sensitive approaches.
With an international focus on value for money, cost-effective programming and increased support to conflict-prone states and fragile environments within the region, interventions in such contexts have experienced a challenging upsurge in demand for improved monitoring and evaluation. Awareness of the mixed success of past interventions within the region has increased the need to learn from previous and current programming and capture both negative and positive outcomes.
Visions Center advocates incorporating the design phase into an ongoing monitoring and evaluation cycle. Whilst monitoring is intended to provide decision-makers with continuous information about a programme’s status and development in relation to its goals and objectives, evaluations are reviews focused on understanding links of causality between project activities and observed changes. A continual design-evaluate-redesign loop is essential to effective programming, as fragile environments change frequently and often dramatically, and donors adapt their resources and objectives to an ever-changing context.
We work with our clients to help them clarify and articulate the logic that underpins their programming and operations, as the foundation for effective intervention. We then help devise appropriate strategies and activities to achieve these goals in unstable settings. We manage the monitoring and evaluation components of projects and programmes to track progress, improve systems and measure outcomes. We are committed to providing decision makers with easily digestible, insightful and actionable data to inform judgments and allow programmes to evolve and adapt to the fluid contexts where they work. We offer independent verification and appraisal services to help our clients verify and build confidence in their programming and operations when they lack in-house resources to do so, require an independent and objective view or where direct access is challenging. Based on our extensive experience we tailor cutting-edge approaches and feedback mechanisms, to enhance visibility, ensure accountability and validate outputs across the field of operations. We are expert in conducting external evaluations at each stage of the project cycle. This includes ex-ante, mid-term and ex-post evaluations that utilize mixed methods, including qualitative and quantitative tools, to assess the effectiveness of internal processes, measure outcomes and impact, and offer recommendations for how programmes can be improved. Visions Center is well versed in experimental and quasi-experimental methods to contribute to a growing evidence base of rigorous evaluations on what does and doesn’t work particularly in politically complex, fragile or even conflict-affected contexts.