The why, what and how of monitoring and evaluation: guidance for providers of international pro bono legal assistance

This guidance explains concepts around M&E and demonstrates its value for those delivering pro bono services internationally

Abstract

This guidance is produced by the Department for International Development’s (DFID) Legal Assistance for Economic Reform (LASER) programme. Through a focus on commercial law and justice issues, LASER’s objective is to improve investment climates in developing countries. A major goal of LASER is matching developing country demand for support with the supply of high quality, developmentally appropriate legal assistance; including that provided on a pro bono basis.

The UK legal pro bono community – from multinational law firms, bar associations, and legal NGOs to the judiciary - has played an increasing role in delivering international assistance on all areas of law. This includes the commercial - for example, advice on international trade agreements and crossborder corporate transactions - to more traditional domains focusing on human rights and rule of law issues.

Monitoring and evaluation of projects and activities has become an increasingly important tool in ensuring that those providing their time and skills free of charge, deliver the impact they seek. It provides a better way to plan and manage work, to listen more closely to what recipients and partners have to say, and to minimise the risk of failing and/or unintended consequences

This guidance note aims to demystify some of the concepts around monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and to demonstrate its value for those delivering pro bono services internationally.

Citation

Legal Assistance for Economic Reform The why, what and how of monitoring and evaluation: guidance for providers of international pro bono legal assistance (2015) 20pp

The why, what and how of monitoring and evaluation: guidance for providers of international pro bono legal assistance

Published 1 February 2015