Monitoring and evaluation systems

With 30 years of experience in evaluation and data use, ADE provides sound, rigorous and realistic M&E systems meeting clients’ objectives and needs.

  • Following an iterative and participatory process with all relevant stakeholders
  • Considering all result levels up to impact based on a living theory of change
  • Measuring indicators at relevant frequency
  • Using reliable data from primary and secondary sources
  • Creating visualisations to make findings understandable for non-technical audiences
  • Providing methodological guidance for data collection and interpretation
  • Embracing experimental, innovative, and creative approaches to disentangle complexity
  • Offering a practical and flexible monitoring tool

ADE has developed several M&E systems, including the recent and ongoing pluriannual project on Forestry Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) for the European Union. This project demands an innovative approach to monitoring, given the challenge of assessing the impact of a legislation to combat illegal logging and timber trade. The M&E system for FLEGT has generated several opportunities to demonstrate ADE’s entrepreneurial approach to evaluation research. Examples include the formulation of a new integrated Theory of Change, combined from the specific ToCs of each country involved; data collection from multiple sources; and reflecting on experimental approaches to proxy indicators when facing ambiguous measurement issues. The results of our pluriannual effort to monitor the impact of FLEGT have been gathered in a visualisation tool – the first FLEGT Dashboard.

Project examples

  • EC-CIFOR – Dashboard tool for the Monitoring and Evaluating the Impacts of the Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan (2018-2021)
  • DANIDA – Evaluation of DANIDA Niger Country Programme 2009-2018