The Support Unit holds the responsibility for the design, implementation and review of Pacific Women’s M&E system. Pacific Women’s M&E system operates at a number of different levels. This includes the program level; the country level and the activity level. Each separate level has its own cycle of planning, monitoring, evaluation and reporting. These cycles together combine to form the Pacific Women M&E system.
The primary purpose of the Pacific Women MELF is to support the program, countries and implementing partners to carry out regular and systematic assessment of progress towards outcomes, inform program decision making and ensure learning leads to program improvement.
The program MELF is the overarching document that provides guidance to support the development of Pacific Women country plan MELFs. These country plan MELFs are then intended to provide guidance to Pacific Women implementing partners to develop their project M&E plans. This process is meant to be mutually reinforcing, with M&E plans expected to inform the refinement of country level MELFs, which in turn inform the refinement of the Program MELF. In some cases, additional support will be required to translate and adapt concepts and inquiry questions. It is the Support Unit’s role to ensure this technical advice is provided to both DFAT and implementing partners.
The program MELF is structured around two diagrams,
- a Program Theory, which is a visual representation of the Pacific Women design, including the program’s principles and ways of working; and
- a Program Logic, which is more operational in nature, and sets out the short, intermediate and long term outcomes for each of Pacific Women’s intended outcomes.
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