In order to observe and assess the progress and impact of a project, SECO systematically collects data for pre-determined target values.
A project’s chain of effects, also known as the theory of change, serves as the basis for monitoring. Implementation partners define the theory of change in consultation with SECO prior to the project’s implementation, usually in the form of a results framework referred to as a logframe.
During the project, the supervisors systematically collect information based on the results framework. To do so, they review indicators such as the number of jobs created or the number of companies that have gained access to new loans. Measuring impact reveals if a project has fulfilled its objectives and how its results are contributing to the goals of the international cooperation strategy. Since 2012, SECO has been employing standard indicators to measure the effectiveness of the international cooperation strategy.
Project supervisors report on project progress and discuss these regularly with SECO. The reports are used for the independent evaluation review and for accountability.
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