Our skill in this domain lies in formulation of programmes/projects, its planning, monitoring and evaluations (PME). Especially in the planning stages, our role is of a trainer /facilitator rather than a doer to encourage ownership and thinking among our clients and help them see execution in planning.
As part of M&E, we Train and Develop skills of people as part building sustainable local resources and creation of Human Assets in Community Development. Our knowledge and experience of community participation, social structure, government policies and related ground realities, help us adapt our Handholding and M&E processes for each of our clients. Thus they are customized and looks at the programmes/projects in their local context helping us give practical and real suggestions/recommendations which are not binding on the client. Our processes are driven by the belief that M&E is not “policing” or “fault finding” assignments but facilitative processes leading to skill building and greater effectiveness, efficiency and capacity building.
We also facilitate Capacity Building Need Assessments (CBNA) for our clients which help us in modifying/adapting our interventions with them and include specific skill trainings for leadership at various levels.
Research & Studies: ECONET adopted action research as its core intervention method right from the initiation of its programmes designs. This method of implementation has not only stood the test of time but has also contributed in skill building. Our researches has been participatory in its method, which has not only led to qualitative findings and suggested interventions but also built the capacity of the communities who participated in these research. This in turn has negated the need for separate capacity building inputs for the community members on situational analysis.
Research has also build discipline of using statistical base for engaging with Government and other decision making stakeholders. It has helped communities to have better analytical approach when faced with external challenges.
In our participatory research we have derived immense learning from the communities and their way of management and decision making, which we learn to incorporate within our ways of engagement. Most ECONET research have been unique and pioneering documents in respective fields and has contributed to government taking notice of it.