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Our monitoring system follows both the processes and the results, as the two are closely intertwined. A good process must lead to a tangible result that often in itself starts new change processes.
For instance, while looking for evidence that local institutions have become better at practising sustainable forest management or have successfully introduced and sold improved cooking stoves, we also seek to monitor whether the support and interventions have led to increased feelings of empowerment.
We also assess whether or not local governments, private entrepreneurs, and communities have begun to connect in new and constructive ways.
Our monitoring and evaluation methods combine the aspects of learning, adjustment, and control.
Learning: Our “Most Significant Change” approach is a powerful learning tool that we use to monitor changes in more abstract areas such as empowerment and governance. Stories told by community members are used constantly by SustainableEnergy and our partner organisations to challenge our own assumptions on how best to assist the target group.
Currently, we use the “Most Significant Change” approach to monitor perceptions of our action categories “Governance and Empowerment” and “Improved Livelihoods”
Adjustment: We conduct regular semi-annual reviews of the partner organisations and projects, discussing and investigating selected themes in greater depth. Project reviews are joint undertakings between HQ staff from Denmark and staff from the individual partner organisations. Based on actual findings, the necessary adjustments are made to approaches, budgets, and work plans.
Control: The annual reports from auditors, along with control of expenses, are discussed and agreed upon during the reviews. More thorough evaluations of project impacts are planned and carried out as needed, but at minimum, every four years.
Want to know more about our projects?
Please contact our Project Coordinators for information on either Kenya, Mali, Mozambique or Burkina Faso