Monitoring, Evaluation, Research & Learning

Monitoring, Evaluation, Research & Learning are separate practices dedicated to the assessment of organization’s overall performance. Monitoring is a systematic & a long-term process that gathers information with respect to the progress made by a project / programme. Evaluation is time-bound and is performed to assess whether a project / programme has attained its goals and delivered as expected according to its agreed plan. Research is an investigative process for the purpose of creating knowledge. Research in development organizations publishes commissioned reports/papers only, going through several levels of analysis, and ranging from studies of individuals to groups, project activities to organizations, and their environments. Research provides data on how various capacities of an organization affects the quality of a project / programme. Research also provides data for assessing how truly an organization is remaining intact with its set aim & objectives. Learning in an organization is a process of creating, retaining, and transferring / disseminating knowledge within an organization as well as among the stakeholders / partners.

GIlgit-Baltistan Rural Support Programme (GBRSP) tends to adopt the MERL strategy / approach within its structure. GBRSP’s MERL unit / section will not only limit itself to Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning but will also produce and disseminate knowledge products among its stakeholders / partners. The base of knowledge management is by the creation of knowledge through a cycle by which knowledge is generated, extracted, consolidated, cleaned, analyzed, prepared shared and then communicated. The MERL Unit / Section is also responsible to maintain and update Management Information System (MIS) with data at required disaggregation levels.