Paper by Rhonda Schlangen
The promotion and protection of human rights around the world is driven by principles of transparency
and accountability. These same principles drive monitoring and evaluation (M&E) efforts. Yet, conceptual, capacity, and cultural barriers often discourage the use of M&E in support of human rights work.
These case studies profile the monitoring and evaluation efforts of three human rights non-governmental
organizations (NGOs). They are intended to support efforts within the human rights community to explore
and tackle M&E challenges by providing concrete examples and transferable lessons about how to integrate
M&E in useful ways. The cases emphasize both the methodologies used and the organizations’ efforts to
build internal M&E capacity and support.
- The International Secretariat of Amnesty International is using an internally developed impact monitoring framework, along with accompanying simple tools and processes, to plan activities and learn
from campaigns. A team of internal evaluation and monitoring professionals supports the use of these
tools, while also cultivating nodes of support among staff in order to build an organizational culture
that values M&E.
- The International Commission of Jurists is adapting donor-mandated M&E requirements into useful,
relevant, and internally operated systems. The case study shows how the organization adapted a
traditional results framework to its human rights work, and it highlights the benefits of constructive
evaluation experiences for promoting internal M&E support.
- Crisis Action demonstrates how the systematic use of relatively easy-to-use M&E tools can support collaborative advocacy around conflict-related crises. The organization’s experience demonstrates how
short-term feedback loops can be integrated into international advocacy campaigns with minimal
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