New briefing note: Monitoring and evaluation and the Darwin Initiative


Robust monitoring and evaluation (M&E) is a requirement for all Darwin projects. M&E has been necessary for Darwin projects for many years, however, the standard required has increased in recent years.

This briefing paper is intended to help Darwin projects teams and applicants to understand what we mean by M&E. Given the diversity of the Darwin portfolio there are people coming from very different starting points when it comes to M&E. Here we have attempted to encapsulate M&E from the perspective of the Darwin Initiative’s requirements.

In short we cover:

  • What is M&E?
  • What are the fundamentals of M&E?
  • How should it be used?
  • When should it be used?
  • Who should use it?
  • A glossary of useful M&E terminology