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Anticipating the potential impacts of an intended activity, programme or policy can help implementers in the planning phases of projects to clarify ideas and tell a compelling story to prospective donors. Developing M&E frameworks early on can support programme implementation from Day 1 and m

Capturing the effects of activities during implementation. The information gathered during this process can guide, and revise implementation with the best available evidence.

Taking a retrospective look at an activity, programme or policy, and its outcomes and impacts. Ex-post evaluations build a context-specific story around activities with a beginning (baseline), middle (implementation) and end (outcomes and outputs).

Building M&E capacity strengthens organisations. It allows teams and management to understand evidence about programmes and adapt strategies based on these insights. It also allows organisations to find and highlight their best practices towards their stakeholders and peers. 

Strong M&E systems allow organisations to learn through collecting and analysing data on their programmes. They also support the development of staff, who can better understand the linkages between activities and results.

Weaving meaningful monitoring practices and evaluation into projects as early as possible can improve efficiency, effectiveness and the relevance of activities, particularly to the advantage of beneficiaries, implementers and funders. 

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In 2016, ODS conducted a mid-term programme and advocacy evaluation for an international non-governmental organisation (INGO).