Our decision-making is informed by regular monitoring and evaluation of our programmes. The evidence gathered through these processes allows us to best steer our actions on the ground and identify where we should focus our efforts, which target groups should be prioritised, and which approaches work best. We do this to ensure maximum transparency and accountability on all our actions.
This work is conducted at three levels: at the level of each programme, of each region, and of the EU Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF for Africa) as a whole.
We continue to use EU best practices, resources, and tools to monitor and evaluate our actions. Each programme has a specific budget set aside for continuous monitoring and evaluation, by implementing partners and EU Delegations (internally), and by independent experts (externally.)
To ensure transparency, we use the publicly available Akvo Really Simple Reporting platform to present, on a regular basis, the expected and actual results of our programmes according to each action's specific indicators.
The EU Results-Oriented Monitoring (ROM) system is another important tool. It consists of short visits by independent experts who assess the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, potential impact, and sustainability of each programme. Most programmes under the EUTF for Africa will receive ROM missions. 26 ROM missions have been completed in 2017 and 39 are planned for 2018 in the three regions covered by the EUTF for Africa.
In parallel, mid-term and/or final evaluations of programmes will be undertaken to offer further guidance and to capitalise on lessons learnt and best practices.
Beyond programme-specific monitoring and evaluation, we also aim to capture information demonstrating whether priorities identified at the level of each region are being properly addressed. Considering the distinctive remit and innovative approach of the EUTF for Africa, it is also crucial that our actions quickly assimilate lessons learnt, and share best practices.
To measure the collective achievements of our programmes, we have developed an EUTF Results Framework, constructed around our four strategic priorities. Each priority area is broken down into expected results and each result is measured by a set of indicators. EUTF Results Framework common macro indicators are necessary to measure progress against these objectives. A list of 41 common output indicators (English/French) has been developed based on extensive analysis of the ongoing projects in the three region.
These indicators are included in all projects in order to aggregate targets and results at country, regional, and EUTF level. They are reflected on the website with targets collected for all programmes on the basis of information provided by implementing partners.
The Results Framework allows us to measure the collective achievements of the EUTF for Africa as a whole. For a more comprehensive view of the outcomes and impact of our programmes in the long term, we will continue to revert to the monitoring and evaluation processes outlined above.