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Accompaniment has values and principles but also needs tools.

Tools that are effective and accountable actively contributes to transformation in people’s lives.

LAC Desk in ELCA Global Mission is inspired to continue its efforts to increase the capacity of companion organizations in terms of appraising results, changes, and transformations; and support monitoring systems that can capture results and contribute to learning in our companion and in LAC Desk/GM.

Capacity to implement mission and development projects is related to

  • Relevance, in relation to our companion objectives and goals as delineated in their strategy, as well in relation to the Church Wide Operational Plan objectives and goals.

  • Effectiveness, in terms of projects strategies, projects design, methodologies, and impacts

  • Results (chain of results outputs, outcomes and impact) as compared with those anticipated in the projects

  • Administration and Management

  • Sustainability and Budget effectiveness of the projects

Planning, Monitoring, and Evaluation (PME) is a method that helps companions churches and organizations and LAC Desk/GM to appraise relevance, effectiveness, results, administration, and sustainability in each project along the annual planning periods and the triennial planning periods.

PME has qualitative and quantitative components to appraise the performance of the projects.

Quantitative indicators measure the number of people participating in activities, number of activities, events, number of publications drafted, etc. Quantitative indicators give quick numbers and  “results,” but the interpretation of those results assumes a direct cause and effect rationality that rarely holds true when working on long-term social change and transformation. LAC Desk/GM is also bringing to PME participatory monitoring and evaluation techniques focused on qualitative monitoring identifying relevant changes and stories of transformations.

Outcome Mapping (OM) is an approach to planning, monitoring, and evaluating social change initiatives developed by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in Canada, around 2001. It is a set of tools and guidelines that steer diakonia project or program teams through an iterative process to identify their desired change and to work collaboratively to bring it about.

Results are measured by the changes in behavior, actions, and relationships of those individuals, groups, or organizations with whom the initiative is working directly and seeking to influence.

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