Carrying out monitoring, evaluating and learning for advocacy is notoriously difficult. Efforts usually do not lead to impact directly. Many actors and factors influence how change occurs, and evidence is hard to come by.
To address these challenges, Hivos and Wageningen University have developed a new monitoring & evaluation (M&E) method for advocacy: “Narrative Assessment.” It centers on the creation of credible stories about advocacy processes, achievements and challenges. These stories are co-written by an advocate and a trained narrative assessment facilitator. The facilitator helps the advocate to create a real-life story about doing advocacy work.