M&E Standards and Guidelines
The M&E Directorate sets minimum requirements for ensuring that Monitoring and Evaluation meets international standards and norms. Towards this, the Directorate has developed a set of Norms and Standards to guide the M&E operations in the country’s public sector. The M&E Standards define key elements and expected level of performance in the conduct of monitoring and evaluation during the planning and implementation phase of the policies, programmes and projects. The Standards also address the organizational environment in which M&E takes place. These are meant to improve the quality of Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting by all the stakeholders in order to achieve the desired results and promote learning. The Standards address the following aspects: programme/project design; undertaking monitoring; conduct of evaluation; Reporting and dissemination; learning and adaptation; skills development; human resource and institutional arrangement. All stakeholders are required to adhere to the set standards.
The Directorate also provides guidelines in an effort to strengthen the M&E function across all levels of government. In line with this, the Directorate has developed guidelines on operationalisation of the County Integrated Monitoring and Evaluation System (CIMES). The guidelines serve as a tool to assist county governments to set-up, design, implement and sustain a functional M&E system that tracks county development. Kenya Evaluation Guidelines have been developed to ensure evaluations in the country are conducted in an impartial, transparent and participatory manner, based on empirical evidence that is valid and reliable with results being made available to the public. Other guiding documents and templates are provided in the M&E toolkit.
MED in collaboration with partners ensures compliance of M&E standards and implementation of the various guidelines through capacity building and provision of support in matters M&E.