Monitoring and Evaluation
The Policy and Strategic Framework for the Higher Education Sector provides key components and guidelines on how to operationalise it. The process of realizing the expected results determines the identification and implementation of activities, which are driven by an implementation plan. Monitoring and Evaluation is a critical aspect of the implementation of this plan as it ensures that the objectives of the plan are achieved. The HEAIDS Policy and Strategic Framework has hence emphasized the need to develop an umbrella sector Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Framework that will provide benchmarks for the development or refinement of Institutional M&E mechanisms as driven by institutional policy implementation plans.
The M&E Framework seeks to:
Provide an understanding of the importance of M&E in assisting HEAIDS and HEIs in monitoring and evaluating performance Provide guidance on the utilization of M&E data across the different Higher Education stakeholders Develop clear M&E processes that will enable systematic collection, collation, processing, analysis and interpretation of data Describe the key data sources to be used to gather the necessary M&E data Provide a basis for decision-making on amendments and improvements to the Policy and Strategic Framework for HIV Promote accountability for resource use against strategic objectives by the different HEIs.
Core to the M&E Framework is the use of sector and institutional indicators that have been developed to enable measurement of the performance in the most critical areas of the Policy and Strategic Framework. The M&E Framework will firstly enable the ongoing monitoring and periodic evaluation of individual institutional HIV and AIDS programmes to ensure that it achieves its purpose as well as remaining updated, sustainable and relevant. Secondly, it will enable the HEI to report at a sector level against basic national sector level indicators on a regular basis.
The role of HEIs is crucial to developing and supporting this M&E Framework and the subsequent strengthening of the M&E systems. HEIs will be expected to provide substantive technical and financial support to ensure that the systems are functional. Whilst HEIs are expected to ensure that their reporting requirements and formats are aligned with the indicators outlined in the M&E framework, they are not required to duplicate reporting requirements but rather to synchronize efforts across the sector. HEIs are encouraged to utilize the harmonized data collection and reporting tools. This will assist in establishing the sector’s response.
A logic model provides the basic framework for M&E. In this regard a log frame has been drafted for institutional use. The rigorous implementation of this harmonised and standardised M&E system will enable HEAIDS and HEIs to translate the mandate of the Policy and Strategy Framework into tangible results to support ongoing planning, results monitoring and measurement.