At the highest level of the monitoring and evaluation framework are measures necessary to track improvements in policies and policy processes. Measurement should relate to the change statement you identified in your impact strategy (See Module 3). An example is: “…the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper planning and implementation process is adjusted to increase attention to environmental degradation, protection and rehabilitation based on the findings of the assessment.” Measurement should also track other observed improvements in policies and policy processes.
Attributing improvements in policies and policy processes to your IEA process will, in most cases, be a difficult or impossible task. It is not critical for these measures that you be able to attribute sole credit for the change to your IEA; what is most important is that the change occurred. Your measures for effective relationship management might still help you better understand the role of your IEA in higher-level policy improvements.