Effective monitoring and evaluation of programs ensures that intended outcomes are achieved and resources are wisely invested, it also helps funders know when to pivot or when a program isn't effective, in real time.
McColm & Company applies industry best practices in monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) throughout the project lifecycle, designing effective tools and collecting high-quality data to track learning and outcomes and help program managers achieve maximum impact. These practices enable and encourage adaptive management and evidence-based decision making, ultimately allowing our clients to prioritize resources and make informed decisions that enhance performance and maximize impact.
We adapt our MEL systems by strategically applying lessons learned to future projects, publishing case studies, and by drawing from innovative technologies and methodologies. McCO’s central focus on sustainability is applied to our engagements, empowering local staff, stakeholders, and partners to adopt effective MEL systems and use quality data to influence decisions and drive meaningful change.
Monitoring and Evaluation
- Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting
- Data Quality and Management
- Third Party Monitoring Support and Management
Select Projects and Results
- Leading programmatic assessment of a major university partnership program conducted by the U.S. Department of State, enabling policy makers to understand programmatic models that provide the best return on investment, together with comparative research on university partnership programs conducted by other countries.
- Providing project management support to third party monitoring efforts for the Public Affairs Section at Embassy Kabul through Alutiiq Information Management Services.
- Delivered a programmatic evaluation and risk assessment on a local organization in Pakistan for a U.S. based philanthropist, enabling her to determine how her major gift was used and what capacity building activities for the local organization would ensure the effective and compliant management of larger future gifts.
- Advised and mentored a U.S. 501c3 on their efforts to scale digital literacy programs to new communities of young Afghan women and attract impact investment to their social enterprise. Provided organizational capacity guidance, monitoring and evaluation design, and impact evaluation support.