Monitoring is used to observe and assess the progress and impact of a project. It is based on the data systematically compiled for the target values, which are defined before the project begins.
Monitoring is based on the logical framework tool (logframe), which is predefined by the project partners in consultation with SECO. The logframe matrix sets out the target values for the project.
Throughout the course of the project, the project implementers systematically compile data based on the logframe. They discuss the data regularly with the donors. Evaluating the data gives an indication of whether the project is running to plan and delivering the intended outputs. This serves as a work plan to guide implementation and improvements throughout the project lifecycle. The data compiled are also used in independent evaluations and for accountability purposes.
Measuring the results with indicators
Quantitative as well as qualitative indicators are used to measure results. Since 2012, SECO has also used standard indicators derived from the Message on International Cooperation. These are the basis for compiling quantitative information on, for example, carbon emissions, energy consumption, or the number of people benefiting from a project. They are also a means of documenting and assessing the impact of policy or technical processes. The monitoring data on standard indicators form the basis for accountability and evaluations.
Project implementation has to be closely monitored. We often need to develop our partners’ knowhow and skills before applying the agreed measures.
Water Programme Manager, Cooperation Office in North Macedonia