In 2015, the Pacific Women Support Unit began designing and operationalising a Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) system for Pacific Women. Key components of the system include a: 1) Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Framework; 2) Knowledge Management System (KMS) Database; 3) M&E panel, made up of fourteen M&E Specialists and nine M&E Practitioners; 4) Data Collection Toolkit; and 5) Pacific Women annual and six-monthly progress reporting.
To ensure the system remains relevant and useful, it undergoes a regular review process. The inaugural review was held from the 10-12 May at the Support Unit office in Fiji. The workshop brought together thirteen implementing partners, Support Unit and DFAT staff, as well as seven members from Pacific Women’s M&E and Gender panels. The workshop provided a space for participants to reflect on Pacific Women’s M&E system, and contribute recommendations based on their experience to increase the usability of the system.
The Support Unit M&E Manager is now working to integrate all the workshop recommendations to revise respective components of the M&E System. This will not result in a radically different system, but one that is strengthened based on program learning. Once finalised, this will be shared with all partners and stakeholders.