Budi Hidayat(1*)

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This article provides lessons learned on the experience of
several countries that have succeeded in building a well
functioning government monitoring and evaluation (M&E)
system. Discussions on this article are focused on: terms and
concepts in the field of M&E, outputs of M&E, utilization of M&E
information, key success and pre-requisite to succes in
institutionalizing M&E as well as actors M&E. The result indicates
that ouputs of M&E system are used oftenly for: (i) supporting
policy making, performance budgeting and national planning;
(ii) helping ministries in their policy development and policy
analysis work, and in program development; (iii) managing
activities at the sector, program and project levels; and (iv)
enhancing transparency and support accountability
relationships. The successful institutionalization of M&E involves
the creation of a sustainable, wellfunctioning M&E system within
a government, where good quality M&E information is used
intensively. This implies that key success for institutionalizing
M&E system depends on: utilization of M&E information, quality
of M&E information and sustainability. Meanwhile prerequisite
to successful in institutionalizing of the M&E system must be
supported by a substantive demand from the government,
insentive mechanisms, powerful champion, and provision of
training in a range of M&E tools, methods, approaches and
concepts. Actors involved in M&E system are not only
government. Civil society (i.e., universities, NGOs, research
institutes, think tanks and the media) also can play a role in
M&E in several ways, including as a user and producer of
M&E information.
Keywords: monitoring, evaluation, policy, program, project


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