Sport can add value for the development of individuals, of organisations and of whole communities irrespective of the level of development. Despite this broadly shared conviction, there is still a lack of substantiated evidence to support the purported potential of sport. Effective, transparent and (if possible) comparable M&E must therefore take place to further determine the inherent benefits, risks and limitations of sport and physical activity.
Monitoring and evaluation is important because:
- it provides the only consolidated source of information showcasing project progress;
- it allows actors to learn from each other’s experiences, building on expertise and knowledge;
- it often generates (written) reports that contribute to transparency and accountability, and allows for lessons to be shared more easily;
- it reveals mistakes and offers paths for learning and improvements;
- it provides a basis for questioning and testing assumptions;
- it provides a means for agencies seeking to learn from their experiences and to incorporate them into policy and practice;
- it provides a way to assess the crucial link between implementers and beneficiaries on the ground and decision-makers;
- it adds to the retention and development of institutional memory;
- it provides a more robust basis for raising funds and influencing policy.