Monitoring & Evaluation
Our M&E approach is grounded in our Theory of Change, logical framework and M&E strategy. Our logframe has four different outputs which have various indicators and targets associated with them. These outputs focus on: research, research uptake, capacity development and consortium management. We use a suite of different tools for data collection, analysis, reflection and reporting.
SHARE uses outcome mapping as an approach to plan, monitor and evaluate our research uptake activities. Outcome mapping is a participatory, actor-focused methodology which defines the change we want to see in specific stakeholders in order to create broader change. It is a process which asks participants to define:
- Outcome challenge: the kind of behaviour change they would like to see in key stakeholders;
- Progress markers: the changes they would expect to see through their engagement work, changes they would like to see and changes they would love to see if the project is very successful;
- Activities: the RIU activities, tailored to progress markers. that will be undertaken to achieve the outcome challenge.
We then develop and implement activities that we think will influence this change.
We also use a quarterly reporting process to collect data that monitors our progress against our capacity development, research and consortium management targets. This includes members of the consortium as well as the SHARE core team at LSHTM.
The M&E information collected through these tools is used for ongoing decision making, review of our progress and improvement. It is also consolidated annually in the annual report which is publically available.
In 2016, SHARE wrote an impact paper which defines what we mean by impact within the context of SHARE and how we will monitor it.
We then developed Stories of Change which use rich qualitative information to tell a story about a particular change - for WASH and nutrition, WASH in healthcare facilities and WASH and inequalities. This tool aims to build a better understanding of enabling factors for policy and practice change and to capture any key lessons, successes and challenges.