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Theory of Change

CLEAR sees a key role for M&E to contribute to ‘better policies and programmes and strengthened accountability to citizens for accelerated and equitable development in Africa’ (CLEAR’s impacts).  For this to happen CLEAR’s wider outcomes are that ‘African evaluation experts supply high quality evaluation practice’ and that this is used. ‘Leaders in society in AA increasingly use evidence from effective and appropriate M&E systems as a basis for decision making’ and that is now institutionalised with ‘Cultures of learning and using evaluation normalised in selected countries within the region’.

In order to achieve this, our immediate outcomes are firstly to ensure there is “Increased demand from decision-makers to use M&E evidence for improving performance and accountability”. Tested systems are needed to address this, so we need “Appropriate improved models, tools and systems for M&E in Africa tested for government and non-state actors”, as well as the “Required infrastructure and resources for M&E developed and committed”.  It is critical that there is learning and so “Evaluation practitioners, decision makers and networks must be aware of lessons learned to improve M&E practice awareness and have increased motivation to use evaluation”. There need to be shared through “stronger and deeper formal and informal knowledge networks disseminating good practice around the use of M&E”. Underlying all this is CLEAR’s contribution to scholarship and that “CLEAR has contributed to stronger scholarship and strengthened evaluation capacity and evaluation capacity development practice in Anglophone Africa