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Private individuals and the corporate sector incorporate the principles of M&E in their everyday efforts to achieve effective management of their resources. LTS appreciates that international development partners are now keener than ever to demonstrate the impact, achievements and progress of their programmes to their national and international constituencies. The success of investments, programmes and projects is greatly enhanced by the planned and rigorous application of M&E tools within the management cycle.

By collecting and analysing relevant information on a regular basis, LTS supports project managers and beneficiaries are able to monitor the efficiency of converting inputs into planned deliverables. Necessary changes can then be made to improve the execution and successful delivery of results. The independent evaluations carried out by LTS allow managers and beneficiaries to assess how far intended objectives are achieved in terms of the benefits derived from their work.

LTS welcomes our client commitment to providing “value for money” through the development of a robust evidence base on development effectiveness; understanding what development interventions work, or what they are lacking; learning lessons from its own experience and that of others. At the same time, our clients are becoming a more ‘intelligent consumer’ and commissioner of high quality monitoring reviews and evaluations, including the synthesis of evidence and strategic evaluation analysis.

LTS has undertaken over 150 M&E related assignments worldwide to date in conservation, natural resource management and development both at policy, programme and field levels. LTS’s M&E strength lies with its staff and associates who have extensive practical experience in designing and implementing site specific and complex multi-partner programme level conservation and development projects and programmes, and consequently have a sound understanding of key drivers for successes, best practice and lessons learned.

Our practical work on M&E is best demonstrated by our ability to deliver a range of services:
  • Theory of change – within a project or programme, we can map the evidence base, relationships and the belief systems (e.g., assumptions, best practices, experiences) and strategies or pathways for making positive change through well-constructed interventions.

  • Indicator design – we identify and assess quantitative and qualitative outcome and output indicators that are objective and policy neutral; formulate SMART indicators within national and organisational planning frameworks; and design meta-data collection process.

  • Baseline establishment – we can design and deliver complex baseline processes, including field level primary data collection, data quality review and mentoring support using appropriate survey design methods.

  • Survey design and management – we conduct biophysical and household level socio-economic surveys for the collation of quantitative data (sampling size and regimen determined in the measure methodology).

  • Strategy development – with our client, we can formulate objectives, principles, strategies, and implementation frameworks that allows for the systematic M&E, setting out the critical informational requirements at each level of the results framework (or M&E matrix) including roles and responsibilities.

  • Evaluations and reviews – we design and conduct mid-term and end of project reviews, experimental and quasi-experimental impact evaluations, using appropriate methods in accordance to internationally recognised standards.

  • Value for money assessments – we assess and achieve value for money in project level interventions e.g., obtaining the right goods and services of the right quality, at the right time, to be delivered to the right place at the right cost.

  • Learning and communications – we conduct stakeholder analyses, capturing the emerging evidence and lessons, building the bank of evidence, understanding of what is best practice, and engaging to reflect on performance.

  • Managing knowledge – we collate, store and process evidence for measuring programme performance and improving learning outcomes using accessible data storage and retrieval systems.

  • Capacity building – we assess the capacity needs, training and mentoring on M&E, provide advice on organising the collection of information, on the use of the specific measurement instruments and advise on organising internal knowledge sharing and capacity building processes to improve their effectiveness.


While our expertise in M&E is world class and we offer a track record of excellence in the field, our approach is based on tried and tested M&E tools including questionnaires and surveys; direct observation; documentation review; stakeholder analysis; Most Significant Change Technique; Earned Value Analysis (EVA); Systematic Screening and Assessment (SSA) method; Expert Panel Reviews; and Political, Economic, Social, Technological and Organization (PESTO) Analysis.


Projects
Development of MEL Approach for the Weather and Climate Information Services for Africa
2016 - 2017

Scaling out Devolved Climate Finance in Tanzania
2016 - 2017

Mid-term Review of Malawi Livelihood programs
2016 - 2016

Mid-Term Evaluation of the NAMA Facility
2016 - 2016

Establishment and Management of a Technical Assistance Facility under the Programme of Support to Agriculture
2016 - 2020

Independent M&E of the Northern Uganda Transforming the Economy through Climate Smart Agribusiness (NU-TEC)
2016 - 2022

Evaluation Management Unit for Forestry, Land-Use and Governance
2016 - 2018

M&E Support to the Market Opportunities in the Somali Region of Ethiopia (MORE) project
2016 - 2019

Evaluation of the Land Rights and Natural Resources Programme
2015 - 2015

Evaluation of the Conservation and Sustainable Development Program
2015 - 2016

Monitoring and Support to Kosovo Forest Agency for implementing the Silvicultural Treatment of the Young Forests in Kosovo Project
2015 - 2016

Evaluation of Carbon Market Finance Programme
2015 - 2025

Organisational Review and Systems Audit of the Energy Efficiency Fund
2015 - 2015

Preparation of the Comprehensive Climate Resilient Green Economy National Capacity Support Programme
2014 - 2015

Climate Private Public Partnership Programme - Monitoring and Evaluation
2014 - 2017

Evaluation of Denmark's Climate Change Funding for Developing Countries
2014 - 2017

Nile Story
2014 - 2015

Real-time Evaluation of Norway's International Climate and Forest Initiative: Measurement, Reporting and Verification
2013 - 2013

Forest Governance, Markets and Climate Framework
2013 - 2016

SADC Regional Vulnerability Assessment and Analysis Programme
2013 - 2017

Specialist Evaluation and Quality Assurance Services
2013 - 2016

Final evaluation of Non Timber Forest Products-Participatory Forest Management project in SW Ethiopia
2013 - 2013

Roll Out and Implementation of Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for the Community Development Trust Fund (CDTF)
2013 - 2015

Monitoring and Evaluation for the Climate Innovation Centre
2013 - 2015

M&E System for the Environment and Natural Resources Sectors
2013 - 2013

Tracking Adaptation and Measuring Development
2013 - 2016

Mid-Term Review of Norwegian funded LiDAR Project in Tanzania
2013 - 2013

Mid Term Review of A New Approach to the Conservation of Wild Coffea arabica in South-West Ethiopia: Exploring the Potential of Participatory Forest Management
2012 - 2013

Program for Eastern Indonesia SME Assistance (PENSA 2) End of Facility Review
2012 - 2013

Final Evaluation of the Project: Improvement of Post Harvest and Storage in Shabelle
2012 - 2012

Mid-Term Review of the Swedish Financing Support to the Rural Energy Fund
2012 - 2013

National Performance and Benefit Measurement Framework
2012 - 2012

Programme-level Monitoring and Evaluation Services for the Strategic Climate Institutions Programme and Climate High Level Investment Programme
2012 - 2016

Mount Elgon Regional Ecosystem Conservation Programme
2011 - 2011

Enhancing Community Resilience Programme: M&E Services
2011 - 2017

Monitoring and Evaluation within Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation
2011 - 2013

Evaluation of the Improved Food Security for the Rural Poor in Middle Shabelle Project
2011 - 2011

Framework Agreement on Agriculture, Forestry and Environment
2011 - 2015

Lessons Learned from Support to Civil Society Organisations
2011 - 2012

Natural Resources Management Programme
2011 - 2014

Contributions to the Formulation and Implementation of National REDD Strategies: 2007-2010
2010 - 2011

Climate Change Strategic Programme Review
2010 - 2010

Research Into Use Impact Evaluation
2010 - 2010

Review of the Forestry Sector
2010 - 2010

Forest Governance and Trade Programme Output to Purpose Review
2010 - 2010

Evaluation of National Forest Monitoring and Assessment Programme & Country Projects
2010 - 2010

Evaluation of the Sustainability Dimension in Addressing Poverty Reduction
2010 - 2011

Evaluating the Effectiveness of Public Spending in the Forestry Sector
2010 - 2011

Development Innovation Fund
2010 - 2010

Real Time Evaluation of Norway's International Climate and Forest Initiative
2010 - 2014

Contributions to a Global REDD+ Regime 2007-2010
2010 - 2011

Evaluation of Closed Projects in the Falkland Islands
2010 - 2010

Evaluation of Closed Darwin Initiative Projects in Madagascar
2009 - 2009

Mid Term review of the project Eastern Selous Community Wildlife and Natural Resources Management Project
2009 - 2009

Initiative Pauvrete et Environnement (IPE) Programme Evaluation and Future Directions
2009 - 2009

Evaluation of South African Water Governance Project
2009 - 2009

Review of Environmental Content of United Development Assistance Frameworks and Related Policy Frameworks
2009 - 2009

Final Evaluation of Mara River Basin Management Initiative
2009 - 2010

Assessments of Applications to the International Development Fund Malawi and South Asia
2009 - 2010

Evaluation of Closed Darwin Initiative Projects in Morocco and Egypt
2009 - 2009

Capability Statement on Scottish Education Institutions
2008 - 2008

An Assessment of Lessons Learnt in the Communication and Dissemination of Emerging Scientific Issues to Environmental Policy-Makers
2008 - 2009

Asia, Mid Term Review of Developing Land Snail Expertise in South and Southeast Asia, DEFRA
2008 - 2008

Evaluation of Closed Darwin Initiative Projects in Brazil
2007 - 2008

Mid Term Review of Buffer Zone Restoration and Development in Knuckles Forest Reserve
2007 - 2008

Mid Term Review of ADEPT - Agricultural Development & Environmental Protection in Transylvania
2007 - 2007

Darwin Initiative Evaluation of Closed Projects in India and Nepal
2007 - 2007

Evaluation of Closed Darwin Initiative Projects in Mongolia
2007 - 2007

Evaluation of Closed Darwin Initiative Project in the Galapagos Islands
2007 - 2007

Mid Term Review of the South Africa Africulture Project
2007 - 2007

Mid Term Review of a Market Led Conservation Response to the Domestic Bird Trade in Indonesia
2007 - 2007

Network of Locally Managed Marine Protected Areas in Solomon Islands and Fiji - Mid Term Review
2007 - 2007

Evaluation of Closed Darwin Initiative Projects in Sabah
2007 - 2007

Evaluation of Closed Darwin Initiative Projects in Costa Rica and Panama
2007 - 2007

Evaluation of Closed Darwin Initiative Projects in Seychelles, Mauritius and Rodrigues
2007 - 2007

Mauritius, Mid Term Review of Developing Reserves for Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Fisheries in Rodrigues, DEFRA
2007 - 2007

Evaluation of Closed Darwin Initiative Projects in Indonesia
2006 - 2007

Technical Support to Community Conservation, Project Design, Monitoring and Evaluation
2006 - 2007

Case Study on Cluster of Projects Centred on Capacity Building and National Museums of Kenya
2006 - 2006

Evaluation of Closed Darwin Initiative Projects Located in Vietnam
2006 - 2006

Evaluation of Closed Darwin Initiative Projects Located in Tanzania
2006 - 2006

Evaluation of Closed Projects in Peru
2006 - 2006

Evaluation of Closed Darwin Initiative Projects Located in South Africa
2006 - 2006

Mid Term Review of Conservation Management Training and Capacity Building in Sub-Saharan Africa
2006 - 2006

Peru, Mid Term Review of Participatory Forest Management for Medicinal Plant Production in Peru, DEFRA
2005 - 2005

Review of Environmental Impact for Short Rotation Forestry
2005 - 2005

Development and Implementation of a Monitoring and Evaluation Plan
2005 - 2005

Evaluation of Biodiversity Conservation Training - Pacific Island States
2005 - 2005

South America, Mid Term Review of Indigenous Methods to Sustainably Manage Riverine Plantations, Amazon Region, DEFRA
2004 - 2004

Evaluation of the Living Earth Community Forestry Project in Cross River State
2004 - 2004

Evaluate the Efforts in Assessing the Environmental Policy of the Beneficiary Countries of the Special Arrangements to Combat Drug Production and Trafficking Under the Generalised Tariff Preferences
2004 - 2004

Evaluation of the Department for International Development's Ten Year Renewable Natural Resources Research Programme
2004 - 2005

Mid Term Review of an Integrated Conservation Programme for Threatened Endemic Forest Species in Chile
2004 - 2004

Fiji, Identifying sites of global biodiversity conservation importance for the Fiji BSAP - Mid Term Review, DEFRA
2004 - 2005

Tanzania, Mid Term Review of A National Plan for Carnivore Conservation in Tanzania, DEFRA
2004 - 2004

Output to Purpose Review of the Northern Mountains Poverty Reduction Project
2003 - 2003

Mid Term Review of CEESP I and the Community Foresty Project
2003 - 2003

Darwin Initiative Monitoring and Evaluation / Management of Applications Process
2003 - 2019

Mid Term Review of Conservation of the Paguyaman Forest in North Sulawesi
2002 - 2002

Mid Term Review of Important Biodiversity Areas in Kenya: Improving Monitoring, Management and Conservation Areas
2002 - 2005

Country Strategy Paper Review
2002 - 2002

Review of the Royal Bardia National Park Buffer Zone Development Project - Phase II
2002 - 2002

Awash Conservation and Development Project
2002 - 2003

Evaluation of Finnish Forestry Sector Development Cooperation
2002 - 2003

Indonesia Forest Sector Support Programme - Pre-completion Review
2001 - 2002

Review of the Jharkhand Community Forestry Project
2001 - 2002

Assessment Study of the Vi Agroforestry Programme
2000 - 2000

Uganda, Natural Forest Management & Conservation Project - Evaluation
1996 - 1996

Evaluation of Support to National Authorising Office
1996 - 1996

Evaluation of a Forest Concession
1992 - 1992

Review and Evaluation of Fourteen Years of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland Support of Tropical Forestry Research
1990 - 1990

Review of Marketing Strategy and Product Development
1988 - 1988

Timber Estates Project Review
1988 - 1988

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