Monitoring Evaluation and Reporting Strategy
The SGP-India views monitoring and evaluation as a participatory process, which
enables capacity building and understanding and applying lessons learned from the
Project monitoring and evaluation serves several purposes, facilitates the identification
and resolution of problems enhances project performances and ensures congruence
with the GEF criteria, provides the basis for technical and financial accountability builds
local capacity to implement and manage projects successfully and promote the
identification and dissemination of lessons learned by participants themselves.
SGP-India has, from the beginning, insisted on clearly defined indicators of performance
in all projects. No SGP-India project can be approved without explicit statement of how it
will be monitored and evaluated, including where possible quantifiable indicators and
targets. All project proposals will also be required to present a “Risk Analysis” stating the
critical assumptions and external factors upon which the achievement of project objective
This practice will be reinforced and further refined on the basis of feedback from ongoing
projects. In due course, group meetings bringing together managers from different
projects will be used in formulating, monitoring and evaluating new projects. These peer-
based workshops will evolve monitoring strategies that are best suited for the types of
field projects being funded by SGP-India.
Each field project partner is required to submit Quarterly Progress Report and the NHI to
ensure this will follow a systematic follow up procedure. These QPRs will also identify
any assistance needed by project partners in the form of technical, social, financial or
other inputs that were not foreseen at the time of preparing the project report. The NC
and RCs will, to the extent possible, arrange for provision of these inputs and provide
advice on any mid-course corrections needed.
The multidisciplinary expertise available with NHI, NSC members and the RCm
members will be available to SGP-India for identifying, monitoring and evaluating
projects. The NHI will undertake a mid-term review and project end evaluation of each
project with help from NSC/RCm members or independent consultants to track progress
and verify results.
The NC and the RCs will maintain systematic information on every project proposal
received and from inception to sanction to completion of all project approved. SGP-India
will document case studies arising out of this project, reflecting both successes and
failures, and disseminate these widely.
The formats given in the SGP Monitoring and Evaluation Framework Document will be
used with necessary adaptations (if required). The formats will incorporate indicators for
measuring the progress towards the objectives set out; the effectiveness of processes;
gender and participatory aspects of the project and the impact of the project.
Monitoring involves the collection and analysis of data about project activities. The data
should be easy to understand. It allows project participants to keep track of project
activities to determine whether project objectives are being achieved and to make
whatever changes are necessary to improve the project performance.
The CEE Regional Cells shall be in communication with the NGOs in their areas, during
the course of the projects. Organizations will submit quarterly reports, giving details of
activities and progress, measured against targets, as also statement of income and
The Regional Cells will analyze these reports and keep track of the projects and
give feedback to the organizations to make online corrections where necessary.
They shall also inform the NC, Regional Committee and the NSC about the
progress of the projects, problems faced, etc.
Each project will be visited preferably once in six months, or definitely before the
release of the second and third installments. Where possible, the visit will be
undertaken by a team of two persons, one from CEE, and another person who
may be an expert, a staff member of an NGO or institution working in a similar
field, or a member of the Regional Committee. The visiting team will interact
extensively with the implementing organization and stakeholders, and will also
see the physical progress. A report, in a pre-decided format, shall be made of the
visit. Feedback, comments and suggestions will be given in writing to the
organization and reported to NC, RCm and NSC.
The release of the second and third installments shall be dependent on
satisfactory reports from the organization and the visiting team, and utilization
certificates from the organization.
Project Evaluation systems
(i) Mid Term Evaluation (MTR):
Evaluation considers the results and effects of a project in terms of the local and global
environment and the quality of life of the participants. It should include an explicit
appraisal of whether the project has its stated objectives in terms of the GEF focal area
and operational programme, if not analyze the reasons.
While the project proposal is being developed, care shall be taken to ensure that
measurable outputs and outcomes are detailed therein. All reporting will be done against
It will be ensured that each approved GEF/SGP project should include an M&E
plan with appropriate indicators. The NGOs will guided to include M&E costs in
their project budgets to ensure that the grantees are able to carry out their M&E
The reporting formats will have sections for feedback from various stakeholders
The reporting formats will encourage introspection and reflections on learnings
by the implementing NGOs.
Evaluation of projects is generally done towards the end of the project implementation
and should be included along with monitoring in project design.
(ii) Online and Mid-course Corrections
- Each time a release of grant installment is to take place, a team would be visiting the
project and making a report. This report would clearly specify whether the next
installment is to be released, released conditionally, or the project terminated. In
case the installment is to be released, this will be done routinely and reported to
RCm and NSC. In case there are conditionality, the case shall be discussed at the
RCm and the release made with their concurrence to the conditions; in case
termination of the project is recommended, the case shall be discussed at the RCm,
and be put up to the NSC, with the recommendations of the visiting team and the
comments of the RCm. The NSC will take the final decision about the termination of
- If the visiting team recommends major changes in the project as proposed, these
recommendations will be discussed at the RC and put up to the NSC for final
decisions. Ordinarily, such changes should not involve changes in overall budget.
- Where there is need for extension of time of the project, RC will give its
recommendations, RCm will discuss this and give its comments, and the final
decision will be taken by the NSC.
(iii) Final Evaluation
The NGO shall prepare a report on completion of the project.
The projects will be evaluated in terms of impact.
NHI, the organization and the stakeholders will together reflect on and evaluate
the project, its outcomes and learning and prepare a report on this. The reflection
may be done in a workshop mode.
NHI’s report will evaluate the impact of the project and will also reflect on issues
like reliability, scaling up; sustainability, etc.
SGP project evaluations should include a participatory component. Participatory
monitoring and assessment involves early consultation with the community members
and stakeholders about project design, the problems to be addressed, potential courses
of action community resources which can be brought to bear and the role of external
support, participatory research to complete baseline information, participatory definition
and agreement on project concept, consensus about the project objectives and
Both Monitoring and Evaluation require information about the current state of relevant
features of the community or locality usually focussing on the environmental problem in
the GEF focal areas and corresponding operational programme before the project
activity begins. This is called baseline data. This information is normally used to identify
and construct the indicators of the project progress and accomplishments can then be
compared to the baseline and hence evaluated.
While a monitoring and evaluation framework should be systematic, it should also allow
for unexpected occurrences and results.