Monitoring and evaluation are core responsibilities of ARC and CRS program managers and help ensure quality in our programming. Preparing for an Evaluation is the first in a series of 10 M&E training and capacity building modules that ARC and CRS have agreed to collaborate on under their respective Institutional Capacity Building Grants. These modules are designed to respond to field-identified needs for specific guidance and tools that did not appear to be available in existing publications. Although examples in the modules focus on Title II programming, the guidance and tools provided have value beyond the food-security realm.
The intentions of Preparing for an Evaluation is to provide readers with a document that helps them get the most out of their program evaluation. It focuses on what need to be done before an evaluation to ensure that cost, confusion, and frustration is minimized, for both the field staff whose program is being evaluated and the external evaluator. It offers step by step guidance of the who, what, when, where, and how of preparing for an evaluation, with specific tools to organize information and logistics that have proved useful in a number of settings.