A November 29, 2011 press release from the National Economic and Development Authority
The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) recently launched the Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) Network Philippines, a group of development practitioners that aims to discuss and disseminate evaluation findings for programs and projects, and hopes to generate policy agenda for action.
“The M&E Network Philippines provides a venue for continuing and meaningful exchange of ideas, experiences, and lessons among stakeholders. It intends to develop a culture of results orientation among M&E units and practitioners and strengthen their capacities,” said Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Cayetano W. Paderanga, Jr. during the 1st M&E Network forum held on November 7-8, 2011.
Paderanga added that the NEDA initiated the launching of the network to advance professionalism in the M&E community and foster deeper understanding and appreciation of M&E practices in the country.
M&E is a crucial part of the government’s overall planning process as it identifies efficiency and effectiveness of programs and projects and ensures that development results of the Philippine Development Plan 2011-2016 will be achieved.
“If done sufficiently and substantially, M&E provides significant performance measurement and information for learning and accountability at the national, sectoral, and program or project levels,” said Paderanga, who is also NEDA Director-General.
“M&E also allows us to improve current practices and approaches. Through identifying the factors of success and failure, it enables us to better understand and analyze development processes and the impacts of development interventions,” he added.
NEDA Deputy Director-General Rolando G. Tungpalan said that the network organizes people with common vision that will help government provide a clear results-based agenda in both short and medium-term.
“Our country has plenty of expertise in M&E that we could already claim that we have good building blocks in establishing the network,” said Tungpalan during the forum’s press conference.
The M&E Network Philippines includes members from the government, development partner agencies, academe, M&E practitioners and consultants, civil society organizations, and other organizations doing M&E for development.
The NEDA-Project Monitoring Staff acts as the interim technical and administrative secretariat of the M&E Network Philippines. The establishment of the network was also supported by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
Information on the M&E Network Philippines can be viewed in its website: http://devplan.neda.gov.ph/m&e-network/.