Remember, from my previous blog, the first ray of hope for\u00a0NGO\u00a0collaboration was NetHope.org\u00a0Recently came across a second ray of hope ... small non-profit called\u00a0NPOKI\u00a0(Non Profit Organizations Knowledge Initiative) based in New York City ... yes, the name is a mouthful (no, not New York City) and can get little tongue-tied trying to pronounce it, but don't let that get in your way, and check out their newly designed website npoki.orgIt is a collaboration of international health organizations,\u00a0funders, partners, and in-country nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). The members are at the forefront of providing access to\u00a0safe and affordable health services\u00a0globally, including a focused response to the spread of HIV\/AIDS.\u00a0They do some great work. Some of their work has the potential for a wider, broader impact, i.e. can be leveraged by other\u00a0NGO's. I will be digging into their solutions further over the coming days and weeks.\u00a0Just as in the for-profit sector, in the non-profit sector monitoring and evaluations is a critical element to not just better understand but more clearly understand how well the services provided by the non-profit organizations and to be able to show this through qualitative and quantitative measures and metrics.What does monitoring and\u00a0evaluation (M&E) mean?\u00a0Monitoring can be defined as an observation system (collection of data, i.e. metrics) to verify how well activities\/services are performing against plan.\u00a0Evaluation\u00a0is about making judgments about the value of any component part of an organization's products and\/or service (i.e. to compare the situation ex-ante and ex-post, and analyze the positive and\/or negative changes).Donors and funders often use other key terms (aims, objectives, inputs, outputs, outcomes, impact, indicators, etc)\u00a0when they inquire\/require monitoring and\u00a0evaluation\u00a0information.Organizations use monitoring and\u00a0evaluation\u00a0for two key purposes: to learn\u00a0about their own\u00a0activities\u00a0and results, and to support internal planning and development to be accountable\u00a0to their stakeholders. Organisations need evidence of their efficiency and effectiveness for their own internal purposes (to improve internal processes and practices), Board, donors, investors and for broader communications and public relations.\u00a0There are four key phases in the monitoring and\u00a0evaluation lifecycle: planning for monitoring and evaluation monitoring evaluation using the findings to learn and improve. A number of non-profits are developing their own set of M&E metrics. However, there ought to be cooperation and collaboration to define a standard set of M&E metrics encompassing all nonprofit sectors, especially those in healthcare and other social development domains. This is where donors and investors can force the issue.