Monitoring and Evaluation

Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) is an integrated and essential component of any project or program at the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES). IFES’ M&E systems leverage performance data captured during and after program implementation to track and understand the impact of IFES programs focused on technical support to electoral institutions, and enhanced political and electoral participation for all citizens in developing democracies. These systems not only provide timely data and analysis to program managers about the effectiveness of ongoing programming to make adjustments but also support a critical and nuanced understanding of programmatic impacts that promote institutional learning for improved program designs in the future.

IFES continually seeks out best-practice methodologies in M&E to improve its review and oversight of programs, both from an individual project perspective, as well as on an aggregate level to measure broader impact. IFES uses a robust mix of quantitative and qualitative tools as part of its M&E strategy to capture data on behavioral and institutional change that forms the key outcomes of IFES programming around the world. A dedicated in-house team, working in partnership with leading evaluation experts, ensures that M&E at IFES provides the data and information critical for supporting effective programs and robust outcomes. IFES adheres to research and evaluation protocols established by its donors and leading professional organizations such as the American Evaluation Association in its M&E practice.