The purpose of this guide is to promote a common understanding and reliable practice of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) for IFRC project/programmes. It is meant to be a desktop reference that supplements the more concise and field-friendly IFRC PMER Pocket Guide. Therefore, this guide is not intended to be read from cover to cover; the reader can refer to specific topics for more detail when needed.
This guide does not provide detailed guidance on conducting evaluations; this is provided in separate IFRC resources.1 Instead, emphasis is placed on establishing and implementing a project/programme monitoring and related reporting system. However, as evaluation is integrally linked to monitoring, an overview of evaluation is included for planning evaluation events within the overall M&E system.
This guide is intended for people managing projects/programmes in National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the secretariat. However, it has been designed to be understood by multiple other users as well, including IFRC staff and volunteers, donors and partners. Although it has been designed for use at the country level, the basic principles can be applied to projects/programmes at other levels.