Our Work

GEI’s activities aim to foster a culture where monitoring and evaluation are valued and used globally and where governments and other stakeholders seek evidence to inform their decisions.

Various factors influence the practice of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and its role in public policy and decision-making within countries. Such factors include the political context, buy-in from leadership, and institutional arrangements, among other important considerations. Together, these factors influence what is known as the culture of evaluation, or a culture that seeks to use evidence to support learning, reflection, and development. The culture of evaluation influences how M&E can be used to improve policies, programs, and the culture of performance. 

Demand for monitoring and evaluation, can largely be enhanced by champions—individuals who understand the value of M&E and its use in policy making—within government and civil society organizations. Connecting with these champions is a key component of GEI’s approach to ECD.

GEI targets three levels of support for ECD to address the M&E needs within a country:

  1. Supporting the enabling environment, where support focuses on strengthening the legal, regulatory, and institutional frameworks that promote a culture of the use of evidence in decision-making and lead to systemwide impact.
  2. Supporting institutional capacities, where support is provided to build the M&E frameworks and capacities of institutions.
  3. Supporting the capacities of individuals, whose knowledge, skills, and competencies are essential to achieving any system-level impact or culture change.

GEI partners combine efforts to train individuals, establish sustainable M&E processes and systems, and systematically incorporate, capture, and share M&E knowledge to enhance impact locally and globally. By working across these four key areas, GEI partners aim to strengthen the use of evidence around the world, improve policies, and, ultimately, improve lives.