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How to Build M&E Systems to Support Better Government


  • Keith Mackay


The purpose of this volume is to help governments in their efforts to build, strengthen, and fully institutionalize their monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems, not as an end in itself but in support of improved government performance-in other words, sound governance. The volume brings together the considerable experience accumulated by the World Bank's Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) in its longstanding program of support for governments and Bank staff in their efforts to build M&E systems. It also draws on the growing body of literature from other sources on this issue. There is currently a great deal of emphasis on results and on being able to demonstrate performance. Part one starts by focusing on exactly what M&E has to offer to governments. Part two focuses on the experience of several countries that have succeeded in building a well functioning government M&E system. Part three analyzes the lessons from building government M&E systems in these and many other countries, both developing and developed. Ways to strengthen a government M&E system are presented in Part four. Part five maps out those issues where international experience with government M&E systems is not well understood or well documented. Finally, part six provides a series of commonly asked questions on M&E and their answers.

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  • Keith Mackay, 2007. "How to Build M&E Systems to Support Better Government," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 6851, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbpubs:6851

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    1. World Bank, 2010. "Republic of Yemen Education Status Report : Challenges and Opportunities," World Bank Other Operational Studies 18516, The World Bank.
    2. Marco Kools & Virginia E. Vitiello, 2010. "Good Governance of Early Childhood Development Programmes in Developing Countries: The need for a comprehensive monitoring system," Papers indipa597, Innocenti Discussion Papers.
    3. Independent Evaluation Group, 2008. "Decentralization in Client Countries : An Evaluation of World Bank Support, 1990-2007," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 6543, January.
    4. Geoffrey Shepherd, 2011. "Conducting Diagnoses of M&E Systems and Capacities," World Bank Other Operational Studies 11054, The World Bank.
    5. Ariel Fiszbein & Norbert Schady & Francisco H.G. Ferreira & Margaret Grosh & Niall Keleher & Pedro Olinto & Emmanuel Skoufias, 2009. "Conditional Cash Transfers : Reducing Present and Future Poverty," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 2597, January.
    6. Holvoet, Nathalie & Inberg, Liesbeth & Sekirime, Susan, 2013. "Institutional analysis of monitoring and evaluation systems : comparing M&E systems in Ugandas health and education sector," IOB Working Papers 2013.03, Universiteit Antwerpen, Institute of Development Policy (IOB).
    7. World Bank, 2009. "Mexico - Analysis of the Information, Monitoring, and Evaluation Guidelines of the Programs in the Public Federal Administration," World Bank Other Operational Studies 3098, The World Bank.
    8. Keith Mackay, 2010. "Conceptual Framework for Monitoring and Evaluation," World Bank Other Operational Studies 11080, The World Bank.
    9. Sergii Slukhai, 2011. "M&E and Budget Program Performance Measurement in Ukraine: Current State and Needs for Improvement," European Financial and Accounting Journal, University of Economics, Prague, vol. 2011(2), pages 28-47.
    10. Sergii SLukhai, 2011. "Monitoring and evaluation as tools for enhancing public expenditure management in Ukraine," Financial Theory and Practice, Institute of Public Finance, vol. 35(2), pages 217-239.
    11. Margaret Grosh & Carlo del Ninno & Emil Tesliuc & Azedine Ouerghi, 2008. "For Protection and Promotion : The Design and Implementation of Effective Safety Nets," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 6582, January.


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