Outcome Based Monitoring and Evaluations

By: Vuthlari Marketing  02-16-2010
Keywords: Skills Development, workshops, In-House Training

“Monitoring and Evaluation”   

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until relatively recently, implementation-based monitoring and evaluation (focused mainly around monitoring inputs and outputs) predominated, particularly in public sector management. Increasingly however, policy makers have shifted their focus from the immediate effects of policy to also grappling with how to ensure and measure developmental outcomes that are sustainable in the long term. This broad approach is referred to as Results Based M&E (RBM&E), which aims to combine implementation-based monitoring with results, impact or performance monitoring.   Monitoring & Evaluation practices and insights are becoming ever more important in today’s business and government landscape.    Our former President Thabo Mbeki clearly and unequivocally entrenched the notion of accountable governance, performance management and the importance of monitoring and evaluation in the form of target driven service delivery in the May 2004 State of the Nation address.    The Government has committed themselves to effective service delivery and an ambitious set of development targets with clear timeframes, also at the provincial level.   The successful achievement of these targets and the meeting of outcome based objectives as planned and budgeted for in terms of the Medium-Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF), require a collaborative and transparent national and provincial monitoring and evaluation system in support of both sound performance management and strategic management.    The establishment and efficient functioning of a credible and effective government-wide monitoring and evaluation system has become an important component in the performance management system of the South African Government.   Over the past two decades there has been a broad shift towards evidence-based decision making, with the public sector being no exception to this shift.  Examples of this shift are prominent in the international arena, and there is a wealth of information associated with measuring and tracking developmental progress across the globe. (e.g. World Bank Development indicators, UNCHS Global Observatory, etc).   In this process a set of closely integrated professional support functions have received attention, notably strategic planning and management, policy management, legal review, strategy and planning, programme management and implementation as well as monitoring and evaluation.

Kulani Selby Ngomani

Keywords: In-House Training, Skills Development, workshops