Broadly speaking the mandate of monitoring and evaluation is to support both corporate level evaluation and programmatic monitoring and evaluation, which includes project M&E work, as well as capacity building at all levels.
The function started in 1997 as the Monitoring and Evaluation Initiative and was subsequently reorganized in 2005 by the Director General. Part of the former M&E Initiative was moved into a special project on Performance Assessment and later the Oversight Unit (2007). The mandate to manage corporate evaluations and support programme M&E, including design of the programme monitoring system, remained in Global programme.
Monitoring and Evaluation is supported by the Evaluation Policy(currently under revision), a Monitoring and Evaluation Strategy 2008-16 and annual workplan (available shortly). A number of tools and methods have been developed to aid the practice of monitoring and evaluation over the year, and are accessible on the M&E Tools and Resources page.