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New reference group on NHRI monitoring and evaluation

Graphic: Community consultation with women, Samoa

The APF is calling for experienced practitioners to join a reference group and oversee the development of a new resource to assist NHRIs.

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The APF is calling for experienced practitioners to join a reference group and oversee the development of a new resource to assist national human rights institutions (NHRIs) monitor and evaluate their work.

The guide will provide NHRIs with step-by-step instructions on how to develop a robust Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) framework to:

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of their institution
  • Demonstrate the impact of their work
  • Reflect and adjust their strategies and priorities
  • Generate a data-driven picture of their work.

"An effective MEAL framework can also support broader management functions and encourage a learning culture within the organisation," APF Manager of Capacity Development Ms Turner-Mann said.

The monitoring and evaluation guide – to be published in the second half of 2020 – will be complemented by an online learning course.


Graphic: Community consultation, Samoa


Ms Turner Mann said the reference group will provide feedback on draft resources for the MEAL project, including assessing the relevance, accessibility and language of the guide.

The reference group will include up to eight members, with representation from all sub-regions in the Asia Pacific.

"Having the expertise of human rights practitioners from across the region will ensure our resources are practical and relevant for the needs of NHRI Commissioners, managers and staff," Ms Turner Mann said.

The guide on monitoring and evaluation will complement the APF Guide to Strategic Planning and its Toolkit, published in in March 2020.

It will draw on the experiences of Samoa's Office of the Ombudsman and the steps taken to establish and embed a monitoring and evaluation framework within the NHRI's operations.

Once published, the guide will be piloted and then developed as a resource for the broader APF membership.

Expressions of interest to join the reference group should be directed to Ms Turner-Mann (kateturner-mann@asiapacificforum.net) by 1 July 2020.

The working language of the reference group will be English.

Date: 11 June 2020


Image credits

  1. Community consultation with women, Samoa - Office of the Ombudsman of Samoa / NHRI
  2. Community consultation, Samoa - Office of the Ombudsman of Samoa/NHRI