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Sex workers hold up the first issue of Amaqhawe project magazine in Mpumalanga, South Africa

Monitoring and evaluation and research

We know that donors and implementers need evidence to make informed decisions about development programmes. We also understand that people – whether in a donor development agency, civil society, or government ministry – want to make sure their efforts are going to produce good and desirable results. In particular, they increasingly want to measure impact.

Outreach lab for TB REACH project.
Outreach lab for TB REACH project
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Outreach lab for TB REACH project We are monitoring TB REACH, which aims to find and treat people with TB in hard to reach populations.

Schoolgirls in Hanoi, Vietnam
Schoolgirls in Hanoi, Vietnam
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Schoolgirls in Hanoi, Vietnam Our experts evaluated the Education for All Fast Track Initiative.

Are investments of time, effort and finance going to reap rewards, and can we be doing better?

At Mott MacDonald, our experts integrate research, monitoring and evaluation into all stages of development programming. We want programmes to strengthen the development of people, communities, and governments to realise the right to services such as health and education.

Using a range of research methods tailored to the context, and drawing on our extensive experience and knowledge of the international development sector, we examine a range of possibilities on behalf of clients. We strive to answer the questions: what works, what doesn't, and what can be done to strengthen current policies and practices?

What we specialise in

  • Monitoring and evaluation of development programmes
  • Quantitative and participatory research to inform the planning, implementation and progress of health and social development programmes
  • Impact evaluation: demonstrating development outcomes for intended beneficiaries and population groups using a range of experimental and quasi-experimental models
  • Innovative and pragmatic research and evaluation design: combining the best mix of methods and tools adapted to the circumstances in order to answer the evaluation questions raised by our clients
  • Managing for results: demonstrating measurable results for the money spent and helping clients reorient their focus from inputs and processes to outcomes and impact

We know that context can have an impact on whether the same intervention works better or worse in different settings. So we ensure our evaluations are founded on rigorous and participatory context analysis. We use a range of methodologies to allow people to explore the issues they face and we engage with stakeholder groups at the beginning, middle and end of each evaluation.

Added value

  • One million adults are tested for HIV each month following powerful media campaigns in South Africa: Along with our partners, we managed South Africa’s Third National HIV Communication Survey (NCS), which examined the impact of HIV communication programmes on improving individuals’ knowledge, beliefs, norms and attitudes that may influence and sustain behavioural change in relation to HIV prevention, care, support and treatment.
  • 20-fold acceleration in ability to find people with TB: The results of the first wave of TB REACH grants found that the programme had helped over 18,000 additional people to be treated for TB. We have carried out monitoring and evaluation of the project since it was launched.
  • Mid-term Evaluation of the Education for All Fast Track Initiative: We led this high profile, global evaluation, looking at the FTI’s relevance, effectiveness, providing recommendations designed to improve the initiative going forward, and create a monitoring and evaluation framework for continued assessment of its processes, outcomes and impacts.
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