Monitoring and evaluation

Monitoring and evaluation needs to be tied into your organisation's planning requirements and good organisational practice Take a look at the Performance Management section which outlines the Outcomes Measure Framework being developed for the Children and Young People Planning process.

A key component is the definition of indicators to track the success of a chosen plan or action. Indicators are designed to track both the outcomes and the outputs of a programme. Outcomes relate to the objectives which the programme was designed to achieve and outputs relate to the activities which were implemented. Often programmes are designed with specific milestones to be achieved in a particular time sequence with indicators to show when these stages have been achieved. Evaluation refers to the process of reflecting on the implementation of a given programme in order to draw lessons for the future. The views of children and young people must form an integral part of the monitoring and evaluation process.

Depending on the goal of the intervention, the monitoring process could include measuring the following:

  • Changes in awareness of children's rights
  • Changes in policies, strategies and institutional capacity to respect and fulfil children's rights
  • Changes in the actual situation of children

Outcome-based service planning, delivery and performance management
Results Based Accountability™ (RBA™) – sometimes called Outcome Based Accountability is being used in Wales by a growing number of public and voluntary organisations and partnerships to help inform partnership planning, commissioning and performance management. For more information about RBA see the PSU website here  

For further information on where to find information on the status of children's well being in Wales and children's rights go to Children's rights in Wales and Monitoring and Reporting.