Monitoring and Evaluation is an integral part of HALO’s operations, enabling us to identify the needs of vulnerable communities, and monitor the progress and impact of our work, whether we are clearing minefields or managing weapons and ammunition.
Before work can start, we assess the needs of the community and identify the priorities for our work, to help the most vulnerable first. In the case of mine clearance, for example, this ensures that we clear the minefield with the highest demand for the land first, to enable development to take place on the land as soon as possible. After our work is completed, we measure the sustainable benefits and impact of our work by establishing how the land is being used and what difference the clearance has made to the lives of those who use the land and the wider community. Sharing the stories of people and communities we have helped is one of the best ways for us to explain the impact of our work.
Direct involvement of the community is the key to HALO’s monitoring and evaluation (M&E) processes. Using a combination of quantitative, qualitative and participatory data collection methods such as household surveys, community meetings, minefield assessments and road surveys, we are able to collect reliable data, to identify the needs of the community first-hand and measure the outcomes of our work. By maintaining good communication with communities throughout operations, we are able to identify any changes in the socio-economic situation, and adapt operations where necessary to ensure that our work benefits those who are most in need.
HALO believes that there is no “one size fits all” approach to the monitoring and evaluation of mine action and weapons and ammunition management. We therefore implement a range of M&E tools, which are selected to fit each country’s specific circumstances. These are linked by a global framework to ensure best practice and enable lessons learned to be shared across all programmes.
We balance a tried and tested approach to monitoring impact while continuously seeking innovative tools and techniques. This sometimes sees us working in partnership. Indeed we take a collaborative approach to monitoring and evaluation, working with other organisations in the mine action, humanitarian and development sectors to develop best practice.