Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning
The Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (PMEL) component of EWB-USA’s International Community Programs provides the tools required to measure our impact in the field. It also promotes accountability to our partners and organizational learning.
- Accountability: As an organization, we are accountable to many different stakeholders, including donors, members and, most importantly, the communities with which we partner. This focus on our impact allows us to accurately report on our activities, on the effectiveness, efficiency and relevance of our efforts, and the impact we have had on the lives of our partners.
- Learning: EWB-USA wants to understand how effective our programs are at achieving the community’s stated goals and what we can do to improve our model.
For EWB-USA chapters, this organizational focus on impact through PMEL will guide you to:
- Better understand your partner community’s priorities, including what they desire to change in their lives and your role in partnering with them to achieve it.
- Remain accountable to your partner community throughout the program work by continuous reflection on whether or not the project plan is still on course to help the community achieve their goals.
- Articulate what your project intends to achieve, so that you can communicate that to your chapter members, donors, grantmakers and partners.
Careful planning, monitoring and evaluation establishes clear links between past, present and future initiatives and development results. The process helps EWB-USA better understand and account for the extent to which our efforts are going in the right direction, whether progress and success can be claimed, whether we are making the changes we hoped to make, and how future efforts might be improved.
Reporting Requirements in PAWS
The PMEL philosophy is an integral part of the entire project process. Your team will include a PMEL Lead who will coordinate the efforts of the project team to effectively plan, monitor, evaluate and learn from your project work to facilitate long-term success in our partner communities.
The following reporting requirements are designed to guide your chapter as you report on your impact. All of
- As part of the first assessment trip in the program, your team will prepare a Partnership Plan & Baseline Study with the community’s input. For each subsequent trip, you will report updates through the Partnership Impact Monitoring directly within PAWS as a Trip Task. With each report, you will include any updates to the Partnership Logical Framework (Logframe).
- Upon completion of project construction, so that EWB-USA is able to consistently measure the results and analyze outcomes across all International Community Programs, all chapters will report on standard organizational Project Monitoring Indicators. Your chapter will select indicators upon return from the first assessment trip and will provide updates on the result every trip post-construction as a Trip Task in PAWS.
- In order to establish roles and responsibilities from design through implementation and long-term operations and maintenance, your relationship with in-country partners will be documented in agreements. The Community Agreement – Project Partnership is signed at the conclusion of your first visit with the community. As the design is completed and prior to implementation, you will also sign the Community Agreement – Implementation.
Training and Resources
To further prepare for PMEL, we suggest you begin with:
- PMEL Lead Qualifications
- PMEL Program Introduction Presentation
- How to Develop a Logical Framework (Logframe) Webinar
- 3 Impactful Minutes! – Agreements
- 3 Impactful Minutes! – Program Summary (Logframe part 1)
- Find answers to your PMEL questions in the Help Center
Learn more about PMEL in our International Community Programs: