Psychosocial Monitoring and Evaluation Framework – new tool

  • May 13, 2016

Monitoring and evaluation is one of the most difficult aspects of psychosocial support programming. The IFRC Psychosocial Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Framework was developed in order to identify and ensure best practices throughout IFRC global psychosocial programmes, contributing to quality interventions and strengthening the advocacy for psychosocial support programmes.

The framework aims to support National Societies to design relevant M&E systems for psychosocial programmes, to help in programme planning and the development of strategies, and to mainstream global reporting of progress on PS programmes as they contribute to achieving the priorities of IFRC Strategy 2020.

The framework builds upon the wealth of experience of National Societies and the PS Centre in designing and implementing interventions in diverse contexts. Resources were drawn from an extensive desk review of best practices in M&E of psychosocial programmes and specific resources for the development of psychosocial support indicators, M&E frameworks, means of verification and tools from both within and outside of the Movement.

Experience was also drawn from and exchanged with a parallel process of developing M&E frameworks initiated by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergencies (of which IFRC is a member). A series of consultations with PS Centre staff further aligned the framework with IFRC and National Societies’ programme goals and field strategies.

The framework consists of various tools to help build the capacity of National Societies to develop a systematic approach to M&E of their PS programmes:

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Guidance Note Provides an overview of monitoring and evaluation approaches and principles as key components of the programme management cycle. Psychosocial programme objectives and indicators are covered in depth – including quantitative and qualitative indicators, the importance of triangulation of data, and the how “neutral” indicators are used in the Indicator Guide

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Indicator guide A collection of indicators meant to be broadly applicable to IFRC PSS programmes of various kinds. Indicators are designed to measure the change produced by PSS programmes. Although each programme will be unique, certain key priority areas are shared among different kinds of PSS programmes. This guide therefore outlines sample indicators that capture the key aspects of change that PSS programmes hope to achieve.

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Toolbox for data collection The toolbox contains guidance and tools (sample templates) for data collection in M&E of PSS programmes. The tools can be adapted to PSS programme, depending upon target group, activities and scope. These are tools that may be useful for your programme and many are drawn from existing PSS programme M&E tools, but they are not an exhaustive list. They can act as an inspiration and supplement to other existing tools.

The M&E framework is a living document and will be updated as needed. Therefore, alway check the PS Centre website to see if you have the latest version.

The PS Centre continually strives to improve its materials, and welcomes comments and suggestions at psychosocial.centre@ifrc.org.