6. Monitoring & Evaluation

Monitoring and evaluation

Evaluation is a systematic review of a project’s significance and impact to the local community. It tells you: what actually happened -compared to what was expected, why it happens, what to learn in case of deviations. Fundamental step for the impact evaluation is the identification and measurement of appropriate performance indicators, which will enable a quantification of the effects and results of a project.

This step aims to monitor and measure the actual performance and impact of a project, in relevance to its objectives and to verify if the goals set have been reached. It helps to take corrective actions, to predict potential barriers, to improve the implementation process for similar projects and gain insights for future planning.

As soon as the project is up and running, the monitoring of the project’s performance starts, using impact indicators, that have already been set at the planning stage to reflect possible deviations from the initial action plan.

Indicators to be monitored have to be very carefully selected, to show sufficiently the effectiveness and impacts of a sustainable energy project (through ex-ante, ex-post assessments), considering not only environmental, but also social and economic aspects. Their definition includes the corresponding measurement method, application area, target audience, unit of measurement and the measurements scheduling, etc.

Find out more on how to choose and define a set of impact indicators, appropriate for performance monitoring and impact evaluation of your energy projects.