GIZ’s results-based monitoring aims to ensure that development objectives are met through effective planning and controls.
Do international cooperation projects reach the goals they set out to achieve? And how can that be corroborated? These questions concern all project stakeholders – the commissioning parties, the representatives of partner countries and, not least, the people the measures are designed to support. We therefore define specific targets and impacts for each project. These must be achieved and corroborated within a specific time frame. GIZ has developed its own procedure – results-based monitoring – to this end and provides all projects with the tools required for efficient and transparent monitoring.
The benefits of results-based monitoring
Control: Results-based monitoring ensures that any progress made is continuously and systematically monitored and documented. It shows the team and the partners where the project stands at any given time and whether progress is according to plan. This enables stakeholders to quickly determine whether adjustments are needed and to initiate appropriate measures straight away. Monitoring also offers optimum prerequisites for learning in and from projects.
Planning: A ‘results model’ shows the desired changes on a step-by-step basis. It provides an important basis for planning, as the direction of change is clearly defined from the outset. Results-based monitoring helps to identify ʻblind spots’ in the results model and to question its logic. The perspectives of the various stakeholders are considered in this check. Monitoring therefore takes into account the complexity of development projects and allows for unforeseeable developments.
Transparency: Information from results-based monitoring increases accountability to partners, commissioning parties and the general public.
Evaluation: Results-based monitoring is a key requirement for evaluations both during and after projects.