Remember: All monitoring and evaluation efforts will require that you have made a plan and established clear goals. It is unwise to begin measuring data without understanding how or when you’ll use the information. There is one exception to this: if you need a baseline to inform how you establish a goal. For example, you may want to collect your success rates for a year before you are able to establish a target success rate. This will help you to set a realistic goal.
To structure a monitoring and evaluation plan for refugee legal aid:
(1) Establish your goals.
(2) Establish your indicators for success.
(3) Create your monitoring mechanisms.
(4) Monitor your progress on a regular basis.
(5) Evaluate data and re-strategize as needed.