Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) is used to assess the performance of projects and initiatives. When done effectively, it reveals gaps or issues at an early stage and helps ensure resources are used efficiently.
Monitoring is a continuous collection of specific data and information to track a project's progress and achievements to improve practices and have internal and external accountability of the resources used.
Evaluation is the systematic and objective assessment of an ongoing or completed initiative using the data and information collected. The aim is to determine the relevance and fulfillment of objectives, development efficiency, effectiveness, impact, and sustainability.
M&E can be conducted using various tools, methods and approaches.
Monitoring and Evaluation at APHL
APHL, in partnership with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has established a core M&E team to support programs and projects across the organization—both domestically and internationally.
APHL examines the effectiveness of our initiatives through outcome evaluation. Outcome/effectiveness evaluation measures program effects by assessing the outcome objectives that the program is to achieve. This type of evaluation not only supports outcome achievements but also helps identify lessons learned and opportunities for improvement.
APHL supports a number of cooperative agreements (CoAgs) and other projects, the outcomes of which are regularly monitored and evaluated. Below are the major projects currently underway:
- Enhancing Public Health Laboratory Capability and Increasing Capacity (ECIC) and its Supplementals
- Global Healthcare Detection and Response
- Global Health Security Agenda
- Global Health Security Partnership
- President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)
- Strengthening Public Health Laboratories (SPHL)
To view evaluation briefs, please visit the CDC DLS site.
External M&E Program Websites
Learn More About Monitoring and Evaluation
If you are interested in learning more about M&E, please contact Sudaba Parnian, manager, Monitoring and Evaluation.