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Monitoring and evaluation is a crucial component of all the work that we do at Gender Links for a number of reasons. Firstly the routine, systematic collection of information is important for the purpose of checking our projects’ progress against plans but more importantly it is how we use the monitoring data to make judgements about whether a project has achieved its stated outcomes. As an organisation it is important that we are able to show a change in condition or behavior of our beneficiaries as a result of receiving benefits from our project outputs. And ultimately we are trying to measure actual changes in conditions of the basic problems that we have identified and which we are attempting to address. Click here for more information from the latest annual report.
Through its changing lives series GL gathers evidence about the impact of its work through first hand accounts from the people who participation in GL’s programmes. These heart warming accounts of how people have benefited from GL’s work drives GL to ensure that its work is always of the highest standard.
Another M&E advancement made by GL in 2015 was making use of a new online platform for creating customised online surveys, questionnaires, and application forms. GL had previously invested a great deal in these using an external contractor, however, the need to alter, update, or customise these for different purposes was increasing the costs significantly. The new online platform was successfully tested in 2015 for different projects and found to be a cost-effective and efficient avenue for GL to pursue in relation to online surveys. Take our online surveys. For more information click here
Every five years GL conducts an external evaluation. Click here to download the Gender Links organisational evaluation October 2010 – March 2011.