Carrying out monitoring, evaluating and learning for advocacy is notoriously difficult. Efforts usually do not lead to impact directly. Many actors and factors influence how change occurs, and evidence is hard to come by.
To address these challenges, Hivos and Wageningen University have developed a monitoring & evaluation (M&E) method for advocacy: “Narrative Assessment.” This new method creates plausible stories about advocacy processes, achievements, and challenges from advocates’ perspectives. An advocate and a trained Narrative Assessment facilitator co-produce these stories. The facilitator helps the advocate to create a real-life story about advocacy work. This manual was prepared to support staff and consultants to become Narrative Assessment facilitators.