Learner’s Submission: For whom and why RBME?

“Based on professional context of my organization community development officers, grass root level project practitioners, as well as regional and local administrators as part of development partners can be considered as potential user of the Result Based Monitoring and Evaluation (RBME) system.
All the aforementioned agents using RBME can bring an agreed development agenda or goal as their common focal point which is targeted to me the intended objective either at project or community level. While each stakeholder can have different intention how to implement a project, RBME can shift the paradigm of project activities of input view which is reporting various activities or services delivered to beneficiaries to what tangible changes seen in the beneficiaries or communities; and to reduce the vicious circle of poverty with result or change oriented system of project implementation.
The RBME process can also play a significant role in building constituency among various stakeholders in the implementation and tracking of a project to their common interest of project outcomes.

I recommend the following as strategies in order to increase user demand for RBME:

  1. Intensive Partnership: If there exist intensive partnership among all development agents on funding, implementation and monitoring of projects to reach their destination of development in systematic, effective and efficient manner application of RBME among each partner becomes significantly important.
  2. Capacity Building: Enhancing the implementation capacity of project practitioners, coordinators, local and area administers towards result oriented application of development projects will help to disseminate the importance and demand of RBME.
  3. Institutionalization: A well established system of management in development organization and government offices requires institutionalization to guide and control development programs to be accomplished efficiently and effectively. Hence, each development actor through their institutions will advocate the application of RBME to address their common interest and guide directions.

UNDP’s handbook of monitoring and evaluation for results highlights monitoring and evaluation activities in organization are responding to the intensified focus on outcomes by shifting towards better measurement of performance and more systematic monitoring and reporting; most importantly, such activities are fostering an organizational culture of learning, transparency and accountability.
Hence, it is possible to say it is the time to apply the principles of RBME on the face of scarce resources and funds as well as complicated global economic crisis to be efficient and reach to our common development destination.” – Zekarias Muluazez Woldegiorgis – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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