MONITORING & EVALUATION CONSULTANCY
MONITORING AND EVALUATION CAN BE A BURDEN FOR NPOs AND TO GET CONSULTANTS TO ASSIST CAN OFTEN BE A WASTE OF RESOURCES.
At Life Choices we understand your monitoring and evaluation needs and challenges because we have experienced these ourselves! We’re implementing M&E solutions internally that suit our needs and budget, and we are on a mission to assist other NGOs to do the same.
Life Choices M&E Services will assist you to develop and implement M&E systems that enable you to focus on your core business with your chosen beneficiaries. We are not consultants who run a workshop and then disappear; we can walk with you through the process of designing and implementing a realistic internal M&E system. This includes on-site support and capacity building to ensure that the solutions we design with you will work for your organisation. We commit to:
We use language and methods that are as simple as possible in order to increase access to M&E knowledge and skills for anyone in the organization.
Participation and Feedback
We understand that each NGO has unique M&E needs and we will work with you in a participatory manner in order to develop useful solutions. We do not provide generic solutions to clients and we will ask for your input throughout the process. We use a model of constant feedback and improvement until you are happy.
We strive for excellence in all that we do. We commit ourselves to providing you with quality services, practical skills and tools which enable you to conduct your M&E in a more efficient manner. This also means that we won’t take on the job unless we are 100% sure that we can add value to your organisation.
OUR M&E SERVICES
We offer a variety of monitoring and evaluation services. If you are not sure what you need, contact us for a chat!
Data Collection, Analysis and Report Writing
We come to your organization and work hand-in-hand with you and your team.
If you’re looking for external evaluators, we also provide services in data collection, analysis and report writing. We conduct quantitative (numeric) data analysis in Excel and SPSS and qualitative data (e.g. interview and focus group) analysis in Atlas.ti. We can analyse your existing data or assist you in collecting new data. We write reader-friendly and visually enticing reports which will be understandable to your stakeholders.
Before developing an M&E system it’s important that all stakeholders agree what their interventions do and why, and how this will be tracked. We work with program staff to develop logic models and theories of change that will answer these questions. Already have a logic model? We can review this for you to ensure it’s in line with best practices.
Desktop Research (Literature Reviews)
If you want to know whether existing theory and research supports your interventions, we can conduct literature reviews for your organization.
M&E System Set-Up
We can assist you to refine your existing M&E tools and develop new tools that enable you to collect all the information you require for internal and external reporting and for improving your interventions. We can set up or revise databases for capturing the information you collect!
We offer practical and interactive two-day workshops to people that want to do M&E themselves but require some new skills.
Participants will leave workshops with their own customized M&E tools and will have practical skills to use in their organization. All workshop fees include one-hour of electronic support after the workshop to assist you to implement your new skills and knowledge, if requested.
Costs include one-day training, catering, materials, and certificates of attendance and a one hour skype follow up per attendee if requested.
Meet the team
(From right to left Joyce, Anja and Hollie)
ANJA MULDER, M&e OFFICER
Anja holds a Masters Degree in Programme Evaluation from UCT and is a member of Life Choices’ M&E team. Anja completed her internship in a cape-town based consultancy and has gained M&E experience working in the areas of education, leadership, gender advocacy, HIV/AIDS, and youth in prison.
HOLLIE BRADLEY, M&e OFFICER
Hollie Bradley completed her Masters in Program Evaluation at UCT in 2015. Since then she has finished her M&E internship at Life Choices and is now a permanent member of the M&E team. She has worked on a contract basis for Creative Consulting and Development Works, Impact Consulting and South African Youth Leaders Network.
JOYCE UMETOR, DATA CAPTURER AND RESEARCH ASSISTANT
Joyce completed her Post Graduate Diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation at Stellenbosch University in 2015. She holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Marketing from the University of Port-Harcourt in Nigeria. Her internship with Life Choices started in 2014 and she is now a permanent staff member.
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