Planning, monitoring & evaluation

SNV focuses on achieving development results in the most efficient, effective and sustainable manner possible. To ensure this, we make planning, monitoring and evaluation (PME) a key part of our every day work.

SNV’s PME approach forms the basis of a clearly articulated series of steps used by our advisors to plan and monitor the progress of projects, track the effectiveness of approaches and learn throughout the project cycle.

In practice, PME means constant analysis, reflection and improvement of our projects – enabling the tailoring of solutions to local contexts as well as facilitating  full transparency for our donors and partners.

How does it work?

PME is applied throughout a project’s life cycle, from conception to conclusion.

At the conception stage, a project-specific intervention logic is developed through the following steps: the articulation of a theory of change, the development of a results chain and a comprehensive sets of harmonised and project-specific indicators.

Recognising that interventions develop over time as contexts change and lessons are learned, SNV focuses on the logic behind capacity development initiatives. We emphasise the need for testing and adapting our theories of change, their associated actions and planned results.

Spanning a project’s life cycle, SNV advisors use our online PME format to maintain data and track progress in real time. A unique and flexible web-based tool, our online format means that all PME information – from impacts to outcomes, outputs and corresponding indicators – is accessible to project managers and advisors, partners and donors as needed.

Project stakeholders, like small holders, small and medium enterprises, governments and civil society organisations, play a key role in the PME process. Stakeholders are empowered to identify, collect, manage and analyse monitoring data and to use this information to tailor their own activities accordingly – building capacity and creating local-level ownership.

The online PME tool is used in all SNV projects and allows for all project information – from impact to outcomes, outputs and indicators – to be entered, monitored and shared.

SNV’s PME quality standards

SNV’s PME system is guided by six standards, covering:

  • Mission, Values & Strategy: Consistency with SNV’s mission, values, leadership principles, corporate strategy and policies.
  • Analysis & Planning: Impact-oriented analysis and planning for results. Planning based on thorough analysis and clearly articulated intervention logics.
  • Acting & Monitoring: Implementing plans and using baselines and targets to monitor progress on a regular basis.
  • Assessment & Evaluation: Assessing and evaluating (un)intended results and reviewing the validity of intervention logics.
  • Reflection & Application: Reflecting on results and lessons learnt, sharing findings and feeding them back into strategy, policies and planning.
  • Sustainable PME in SNV: Ensuring effective and efficient PME, based on clear roles and responsibilities and adequate resources.

Together these standards encourage the participation of development stakeholders in the planning, monitoring, evaluation and learning. The standards underscore the importance of recognising complexity in developing capacity and being flexible in planning processes, and introduce real-time evaluation, which strongly supports learning.

Corporate evaluations

The PME Unit also manages SNV’s corporate evaluations.  See the Corporate evaluations section of our website for summaries of recent evaluation reports.

If you are interested to learn more about our PME system, please get in touch with: 

Margriet Poel

Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer

Tel: +31 70 3440 163

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