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Monitoring & Evaluation of CARE's Contribution to Change

The following paper from 2015 outlines CARE's general guidance for CARE's MEAL practice, outlining not only how to go about understanding WHAT changes occurred but also HOW those changes are influenced by CARE's actions and those of others. See here for more details:


Inclusive Governance MEAL Guidance Note

This document accompanies the Governance Programming Framework (GPF) and should be used together with the GPF. While the GPF outlines a generic theory of change and what change might look like (ie the domains and dimensions of change), this document unpacks those changes in more detail and suggests methods that could be used to examine if these changes have happened or not.

The framework can be found here:


The draft guide can be found here:


Here you can find some recommended indicators for CARE's inclusive governance work.

Here you can find an explanation of CARE's Inclusive Governance Marker, which is designed to track progress on the integration of inclusive governance approaches and tools in CARE's programming.

Since CARE International developed its governance and conflict communities of practice it has made efforts to draw on the most appropriate and cutting edge methods to measure social change. Below you can find two syntheses:

Literature Review for Inclusive Governance MEAL Selecting Evaluation Approaches for Peacebuilding
Cathy Shutt (2010) from the Institute of Development Studies conducted a literature review on promising practices and debates in monitoring and evaluation for governance which can be found here:
Mark Rogers (2012) of the Peacebuilding Evaluation Consourtium offers some options form country offices dealing with M&E in FCAS contexts:rogers_2012_selecting_evaluation_approaches_options_in_peacebuilding.pdf

In order to better understand CARE's contribution to change, CARE has prioritized a series of theory-based methods. Theories of Change are a vital part to help explain CARE's logical and sequential contribution. Please see here for Michael Drinkwater's guidance on Theories of Change:


Most Significant Change Outcome Mapping
CARE country offices in Latin America, including Peru and Bolivia, have used the Most Significant Change (MSC) methodology.
See here for CARE's Change Story Tool:change_story_tool.docx
CARE Canada and CARE Denmark have experimented with Outcome Mapping (OM) in Nepal, Vietnam, Niger, Tanzania, Uganda, and Ghana. Please see here for a summary of learning:
See here for the Outcome Mapping Learning Community:

CARE UK has started testing out Contribution Tracing as an approach to governance MEAL. The pilot initiative is working in Bangladesh and Ghana.


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For support with governance MEAL please contact Tom Aston

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