Instant M&E in the field
A novel method for instantly monitoring and evaluating projects in the field was presented by OPM consultants at the International NGO Training and Research Centre’s (INTRAC) M&E Workshop in Oxford on 27 November 2013.
Valentina Barca and Nils Riemenschneider, from OPM, discussed how they used a laptop-based sytem to conduct a longitudinal health and education survey in the Maldives. The research methodology included a perception scorecard, implemented as part of a survey module and also in a group-based setting. Importantly, the survey was implemented using mobile mini laptops and a user-friendly software programme, meaning that the results were compiled and analysed while still in the field.
Feedback sessions were then organised with key stakeholders and research participants before the research team left each island, enabling further discussion, validation of findings, additional insights and the option for local stakeholders to use accurate statistics for their own purposes. The effects of this approach were seen in substantially stronger local engagement, greater usefulness and deeper insights