Monitoring and evaluation of results is still a challenging task (lack of understanding of terminology, a general perception of the exercise being purely administrative and a disconnection between the main urban authorities and the partners leading the Monitoring and Evaluation Work Packages) and the focus remains essentially on the monitoring of results. A number of urban authorities are using the opportunities offered by UIA, in terms of flexibility and availability of financial resources, to go a step beyond. By applying different logic models, combining counter-factual with theory-of-change methodologies, designing Randomised Control Trials but also introducing ethnographic techniques, some UIA projects are trying to assess to what extent the project has contributed to the changes in the local situation (if any) as well as if these changes can be attributable to the innovative approaches tested. Amongst others, all questions to which urban stakeholders involved in UIA projects are trying to find answers, often with very experimental solutions are:
• How to design and deliver the effective collection of data, analyse and monitor results;
• What type of approaches can isolate the impact of the different integrated interventions;
• What type of qualitative metrics should be considered to measure the change in the local situation.
In 2020, as part of its capitalisation activities, the most promising experiences of Monitoring and Evaluation for urban innovative interventions among ongoing UIA projects will be identified.