Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework template

Note: An M&E framework can also be called an evaluation matrix. Please note this article is a short introduction. For a more in-depth coverage consider taking a free online course.

As with most things in international development, there is no standard definition of a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) framework, or how it differs from an M&E plan. For many organisations, an M&E framework is a table that describes the indicators that are used to measure whether the program is a success.

The M&E framework then becomes one part of the M&E plan, which describes how the whole M&E system for the program works, including things like who is responsible for it, what forms and tools will be used, how the data will flow through the organisation, and who will make decisions using the data. In other organisations the whole M&E plan is called an M&E framework (as if things weren’t confusing enough!).

Download M&E framework template and example 

This template and example are based on the most common definition of an M&E framework. That is, a table that lists all the indicators for your program, including the data source, baseline, target, how often it will be measured, and who is responsible for measuring it.

For detailed instructions on how to use the template see the how-to guide.

M&E Template Framework Example

This M&E framework template is appropriate when:

  • You need to describe the indicators that will be used to measure the success of a small to medium size project.
  • The donor has not provided a template for you to use.

This M&E framework is NOT appropriate when:

  • You need to describe the indicators that will be used to measure the success of a very large or complex project (in this case you may need a more detailed template to describe it).
  • The donor has provided a template for you to use (in which case use their template).

Don’t like this M&E framework template?
Try this other template from Charities Evaluation Services.

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About Piroska Bisits Bullen

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Piroska has worked on a range of international development programs involving local NGOs, international NGOs, UN agencies and government. She holds a Ph.D. in public health, has published articles in several journals, and was a speaker at TEDx Phnom Penh. Piroska is passionate about using scientific evidence and creativity to design programs that work.
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