Is an 'off-the-shelf' M&E app possible?

Standardisation versus customisation.  This is one of the key tensions that technologists must balance when developing new technology.  Where should the balance lie for M&E technology?  What does this mean in practical terms?

These are some of the questions addressed in a short research paper that I presented at the South African Monitoring and Evaluation Association (SAMEA) conference earlier this month.  Read on to see my presentation and download the paper.

This presentation explores at these questions in a very specific context: Community scorecards (a social accountability tool that I've blogged about before) as an example of a specific type of activity or project in Mozambique. 

The challenges of implementing generic web and mobile apps for managing and monitoring community scorecards and social audits: lessons from Mozambique from Rob Worthington

If you're interested to read the full paper you can download it here.   I look forward to your comments and thoughts on this approach.  We'll continue work to develop these ideas and consider the broader implications for M&E technology.

Meanwhile I'd like to explore this approach in the context of other types of activities or projects.  Get in touch if you would like to be involved.