Information Management and Monitoring Program
In general, many development or humanitarian programs do not have a common monitoring and evaluation framework, which is used from the beginning of the program and carried throughout the entire program management cycle. Managing data is not developed in a process that is managed by/with stakeholders. Stakeholders’ ownership is missing, which leads to difficulties in sustaining program activities and promoting stakeholders accountability.
The best interests of children have not always been the focal part of consultation and discussion. Target indicators are usually focused on process and stakeholders, which at the end of the program implementation provide no lasting change to the lives of children.
A Meeting with school master on monitoring children education
Child focused indicators have to be internalized into stakeholders’ daily work and commitment. The mindset of stakeholders needs to be changed in order to target all actions toward the best interests of the child. The programs should be measured on the quantifiable changes to the lives of children and their families.
Changes in the lives of children have to be monitored by every level of the social structure; the child, family, communities, NGO, donors, and the state. Monitoring shall not be a separate function from daily work performance, but instead integrated into every program management function, policy priority, defined strategy, planning, budgeting, implementation, information management, evaluation and reporting.