Program Monitoring and impact Evaluation (ME) are parts of the World Gospel Mission (WGM) organizational planning cycle which includes: 1.) an impact strategy (planning), 2.) data collection (monitoring), 3.) data analysis and visualizations (evaluation), and 4.) reporting what we learn (impact). Monitoring and evaluation combine the collection and analysis of data and the assessment of the extent that a program or project is completing its stated objectives. In October 2016, WGM's president, Dr. Dan Schafer presented to the WGM Board of Directors the challenge to double the organization's ministry impact over the next five years. In 2017, through Dr. Schafer's leadership, WGM launched a five-year initiative to double the organization’s impact, as measured in the transformation of lives. "Implied within this goal is a commitment to effectively measure ministry outcomes so that growth can be tracked and verified."
Calvin Edwards & Compan worked with WGM to develop program outcomes and select indicators for measuring the degree to which outcomes are achieved. The primary purpose for outcome measurement is to track change occurring during the five-year impact-growth initiative. Additionally, establishing an organizational program monitoring and evaluation plan is expected to promote consensus among WGM staff and global workers regarding desired outcomes. It is expected to encourage the alignment of program activities with intended program outcomes. Program monitoring and evaluation promote organizational learning by identifying what works and what needs to change in the field so that the correct responses may be taken.
Resulting from the monitoring and evaluation process, WGM may more effectively report organizational impact to stakeholders.