Following the baseline study and impact assessment, the Monitoring and Evaluation Plan is a tool for on-going follow up of the socio-economic impacts of the project in the host environment.
The Monitoring and Evaluation Plan aims to produce qualitative and quantitative data over the long-term. It can be used to track changes in the environment associated with the activities of the project operator.
It is based on two elements:
- The diagnosis which establishes the baseline situation (T0),
- Monitoring of the variation in basic indicators which can be used to track any changes in the socio-economic context of the project and thus to adjust the operator’s implementation strategies and approaches.
The Monitoring and Evaluation Plan includes a monitoring scoreboard, usually resulting from the baseline study. It combines qualitative and quantitative data. The approach also includes an operational proposal of technical assistance or direct implementation alongside an implementation timeline.
The specificity of our approach lies in the use of a long-term methodology as against intermittent sector appraisals. It combines a quantitative approach, providing a statistical assessment of any changes caused with a qualitative approach which considers the views and perceptions of the different stakeholders. This method, which encourages participation communication and transparency, is an asset in terms of project sustainability.
Furthermore, local offices are identified to implement the processes in order to build local capacities and reduce the need for outside expertise.