The Monitoring and Evaluation Capacity Assessment Tool (MECAT)

Author:MEASURE Evaluation
Description:The Monitoring and Evaluation Capacity Assessment Tool (MECAT) is a toolkit that captures organizational, technical, and behavioral dimensions of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) capacity using a design framed around the United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) 12 components M&E system assessment tool. The MECAT provides a set of tools to guide organizations through an assessment of their organizational M&E capacity to meet health sector information needs, while identifying gaps and indicating areas to strengthen. The tool is useful for organizations that have an M&E team or unit, such as the national M&E unit, subnational M&E team or unit, or national health programs. The MECAT also assesses individual staff member capabilities to carry out M&E functions. The results are useful in prioritizing steps to strengthen organizational capacity.
      Assessment Purpose
    • Comprehensive assessment to inform national-level planning
    • Ad hoc or targeted assessment
      Health System Level
    • National
    • Subnational
    • Data source-specific
      Assessment Areas
    • HIS governance and leadership
    • HIS management
    • Data sources
    • Data management
    • Information products and dissemination
    • Data quality
    • Data use
      Primary Data Collection Method
    • Mixed methods
      Other Criteria
    • Specific to routine data sources
    • Considers context
    • Considers gender
    • Includes action plan template
    • Excel-based tool
    • Multiple languages available
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