8.1 Why use monitoring and evaluation ?

Each monitoring and evaluation activity has a purpose. UNDP places great importance on monitoring and evaluation because, when done and used correctly, they strengthen the basis for managing for results, foster learning and knowledge generation in the organization as well as the broader development and evaluation community, and support the public accountability of UNDP.

Knowledge gained from monitoring and evaluation is at the core of the UNDP organizational learning process. Monitoring and evaluation provide information and facts that, when accepted and internalized, become knowledge that promotes learning. UNDP uses and applies learning from monitoring and evaluation to improve the overall performance and quality of results of ongoing and future projects, programmes and strategies. The key role of knowledge generated from monitoring and evaluation is making RBM and MfDF work. For UNDP to be effective, learning must therefore be incorporated into the core function of a programme unit through an effective learning and information sharing system.

In addition, findings and lessons from monitoring and evaluation can be used for partnership building and advocacy. For example, if evaluations highlight achievements and good practices, they can be used to solicit support for UNDP work and share the vision and strategy for UNDP support for greater partnership. A systematic use of monitoring and evaluation not only enhances UNDP credibility as a public organization, but also promotes a culture of results-orientation and transparency within the organization and amongst its partners. Knowledge generated from monitoring and evaluation becomes a public good. As a leading knowledge-based organization, UNDP has a role in effectively sharing and dissemination such knowledge to contribute to the global efforts in MfDR.