The integrated Metrics and Evaluation Framework that BU is developing for this initiative consist of three main components:
1. Guiding Principles
The Metrics and Evaluation Framework is grounded in three guiding principles:
- Practicality while maintaining rigor
The Framework will rely on practical approaches that maximize data quality and rigor while accommodating real world challenges, including budget and time constraints, missing or incomplete data, and multiple stakeholders with different perspectives on what should be measured and how to interpret findings.
- Flexibility while maintaining consistency
The Framework will ensure a consistent approach that is flexible enough to be applied in a multitude of diverse settings in which we expect programs to be operating, and by multiple partnering companies.
- Transparency while maintaining partnership
The Framework will establish transparent processes that will strengthen partnerships through shared accountability. Partners in any endeavor learn the most by being candid about what has worked, what has not worked, and why. This creates a foundation for future improvements.
2. Standardized Metrics
BU is designing a Metric and Evaluation Framework which uses a two-pronged approach:
- Tracking program processes and outputs
- Evaluating outcomes and impacts
Each of these components requires its own set of metrics and methods. Both components are included in the Framework to document program achievements and identify opportunities for improvement.
The Framework ensures access to timely data on outputs at regular intervals to allow Access Accelerated and all partners to course-correct as needed.
Three key characteristics of the Framework:
- Implementable across a diversity of low resource settings, companies and organizations
- Low administrative burden on program staff to mitigate risk of incomplete or poor quality data
- Generates information that has utility for stakeholders at all levels, from local to international levels
3. Centralized Reporting System
For more information see Data.