Monitoring CODE-NGO’s Performance

Monitoring CODE-NGO’s Performance

Greater demands for NGO accountability and sound internal governance motivated the CODE-NGO to start developing a system by which it could monitor and evaluate its performance as a network. The M&E system hopes to assess how CODE-NGO meets the needs of its various publics and measure the impact of its programs and activities.

Members of the two CODE-NGO Commissions – the Commission on Internal Reform Initiatives (CIRI) and Commission on Institution and Capacity Building (CICB) convened for a workshop last June 16-17, 2008 at Cloud 9 Recreation Center in Antipolo City to brainstorm on what an effective network is, what should be measured (effectiveness indicators), and how the monitoring should be done (process of measuring effectiveness).

After the workshop, the group recommended that indicators should be developed to measure CODE-NGO’s performance as a network in 5 key areas: – Membership Participation and Support – Legitimacy – Governance & Leadership – Management – Program and Plans Implementation (accomplishment of Strategic Plan commitments). The group stressed the importance of a participatory and inclusive process by which the indicators or performance standards should be developed.

The delegates to the workshop were also encouraged to think through and undergo the same reflection and brainstorming processes for their respective networks, especially because the National Board recently resolved to require all CODE-NGO member networks to have their own Members’ Performance Monitoring Systems. Of the 12 CODE-NGO member networks, AF, PHILDHRRA and PHILSSA already have their own M&E systems.

Former CODE-NGO National Coordinator Dan Songco facilitated the workshop, who earlier developed a similar M&E system for the Palestine NGO Network.