+1 on using narrative rather than
+1 on making
Fully agree with this. It would be much easier to use such data.
I have a lot of time for the goal of making all the data easy to process and use, for assessing programmatically whether projects have succeeded (in the sense that they have met their intended goals). However, on the question of whether the IATI Standard should require qualitative results to be quantified – my strong suggestion is not. I think we should be guided by the M&E community (and we have received some pretty clear feedback from them).
There are clearly good reasons for not quantifying particular results (I guess particularly when looking at complex change, where pre-planned quantitative indicators can just lead to isomorphic mimicry; and where qualitative results may provide a richer depth and more accurate picture than quantitative ones).
Secondly, the IATI Standard shouldn’t be trying to force changes in the way that monitoring and evaluation proceeds especially when M&E experts are telling us that this is not a good idea.
Finally, from a practical perspective, many systems that have some good results data do not have that data available in ways that would allow results to be quantified. Requiring them to be quantified is likely to lead to less useful data (e.g. just putting “unquantifiable” as the value).