There is general consensus that evaluating the performance of public policy is an important instrument for good governance. There is however a gap between this general agreement and the actual implementation, use and sustainability of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems, processes and tools on the ground. Well-intentioned efforts to develop these systems face obstacles associated with institutional design, political dynamics, poor managerial and/or technical capacity and resistance to change. At the same time, innovative practices developed within particular contexts in developing nations may yield important lessons worth sharing.
To share experiences from countries with different levels of development of national M&E systems including those who may be considering creating one and have important experiences with other types of evaluation efforts;
To identify lessons and constraints in implementing national M&E systems; and,
To identify supply and demand for technical assistance in strengthening institutional capacity for national M&E systems under the umbrella of South-South cooperation.