22NTC Session: Program
Workshop: Exit the “Spreadsheet Quagmire”: Software-Agnostic Path to Better Monitoring & Evaluation
Submitted by: Sonja Wiencke | EvalTech Consulting Ltd


Of course your nonprofit wants to learn from data. Who wouldn’t? However, many nonprofits are stuck in the “spreadsheet quagmire”, with information saved across reports and logframes in different files and formats. This is not only inefficient, it also makes data-based decision-making impossible.

In this session, attendees will learn how to set up a tech-enabled monitoring and evaluation system. The cheatsheet from this session will enable you to 1) determine what information and which formats are valuable for decisions at your nonprofit, 2) how to find the right type of software for your M&E, 3) how to make people like and use the new software, and 4) how to use behavioural science to keep improving data use.

We will give you a process with decision trees, questions to ask, and pitfalls to look out for. We will NOT tell you to use any specific software solution.

This interactive workshop will be hosted on Zoom.

Session Type

60 minute workshop

Learning Outcomes

  • How to define data and formats that fit your nonprofit's purposes (reporting, learning, programming), not just the donors'
  • How to do requirements analysis and prep for implementing new software that will actually get used
  • How to navigate the options for M&E software and find what's right for your nonprofit

Target Audience

Monitoring and Evaluation staff wanting to improve data use. Directors and Programme staff interested in reducing reporting workload.


March 25, 2022


10:00am – 11:00am PST