Monitoring is a continuous process of collecting data to determine whether programme objectives are being achieved or likely to be achieved.
Evaluation is the systematic assessment of the design, implementation, and results of a project, programme, or policy. It seeks to measure project effects, i.e., whether and to what extent the project’s inputs and services are improving the quality of people’s lives.
Monitoring answers among other things how projected outputs are being met, are we heading in the right direction, are the intervention strategies appropriate to the target population?
Monitoring is important to assess progress, supervise implementation, assess effectiveness of implementation strategies, identify and document new issues, critical milestones and unforeseen circumstances.
The Importance of Monitoring includes Assessesing progresses against set objectives, Supervision of implementation, Identification and documentation of critical milestones And Provision of updates for stakeholders.
Monitoring is also used to check progress, take corrective actions and update plans while evaluation is to learn applicable lessons for future programmes
Monitoring and Evaluation follows a result framework with 5 key levels