M&E as a Systems Strengthening Intervention

This presentation reviews recent experiences and lessons learned in M&E system strengthening; the presenter, Sian Curtis, MEASURE Evaluation project director, places the experiences in the context of current global discussions related to country ownership and health information systems strengthening.

Very high demand for metrics and targets demonstrating accountability has caused growing interest in M&E over the last few years. Though progress has been made in improving M&E systems, such improvements typically require system-level interventions that may take several years to show significant change. This raises a challenge for routine monitoring and periodic evaluation of global health interventions since the high quality data required for these purposes may not be immediately available. In many instances, this limits the ability of such initiatives to demonstrate progress against targets. Evolving demands can also lead to tensions between M&E information needs and building the capacity of related health information systems to respond to those changing demands. 

This presentation, Beyond Indicators and Reporting: M&E as a Systems Strengthening Intervention, reviews recent experiences and lessons learned in M&E system strengthening including:

  • Efforts at the global level to develop measurement standards and data collection tools  
  • Complementary efforts at the country level to develop and implement national M&E plans to improve data quality and information use

The presentation illustrates some of the tensions that arise when implementing M&E interventions and discusses options for resolving them. The presenter, Sian Curtis, MEASURE Evaluation project director, places these experiences in the context of current global discussions related to country ownership and health systems strengthening.