Collection and harmonization of data entails gathering and measuring of information ambit the different goals that have been set. It enables the monitoring and evaluation of the work being done and collection of quality evidence.
Data collection is extremely essential in maintaining the integrity of research. Thus the International Potato Center, Rwanda, being a research based organization, ensures collection of quality data through its monitoring and evaluation department.
The department tracks the achievement of set goals through assessing the how different projects are delivering their activities, with a goal of improving current and future management of outputs, outcomes and impact of the organization’s work.
Francine Uwera one of the monitoring and evaluation officers says, “We continuously do monitoring of work in this organization. It helps us, the managers, partners and every one working with the organization to meet the expectations in line with the plans of the project. We do evaluations at certain periods, sometimes at the end of a specific project, to see if we met the success indicators of the project. Because most of the work is done by implementing partners, it’s essential to keep track of what they are doing to contribute to the achievement of the project goals.”
To carry effectively out monitoring and evaluation, different methods and tools are used, which include interviews, surveys, meeting with implementing partners, interviewing beneficiaries, report writing, continuous use and collection of DVM data and focus groups.