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LogAlto: a monitoring and evaluation tool for NGOs

Why organizations choose LogAlto as their m&e tool or nonprofit management software?

There are many solutions on the market that can be used as nonprofit management software or monitoring and evaluation tool for NGOs. Their features vary from fundraising, to grants management, applicants tracking, or result-based management. LogAlto’s main focus is M&E and data collection. It aims to be a flexible, secure and user-friendly monitoring and evaluation tool for NGOs – more specifically international NGOs.

Most of the organizations using LogAlto:

  • Are international NGOs and nonprofits (or UN organizations)
  • Have established standardized M&E processes and best practices (result frameworks at project level and global level, quarterly reports from projects, etc.)
  • Are searching for a monitoring and evaluation tool for NGOs with the following features: logframe (result framework) monitoring, indicator tracking, data collection (forms, longitudinal studies and surveys), dashboards, files sharing, comment features, data visualization, mobile app for data collection.

Challenges specific to the NGO and humanitarian sector

Why would humanitarian organizations need a specific monitoring and evaluation tool for NGOs and not an “out-of-the-box” generic ERP? The reason is that international nonprofits, NGOs and humanitarian organizations face different challenges and have different data management needs:

  • Multi-level organizations: Global level (HQ), regional or sector level, country office, project.
  • Various stakeholders, partners, donors involved
  • Multi-cultural and multi-lingual staff (and partners)
  • Often collect and store sensitive data (beneficiaries’ personal data, grantees information, financial data, etc) on sensitive subjects (democracy, religion, delinquency, mental health, etc.)
  • Often work in places where the internet connection is slow or simply not available
  • M&E staff at HQ or project level do not always have advanced technical database or data analysis skills

Monitoring and evaluation tool for NGOs and humanitarian organizations

For all of the above-mentioned challenges, any good monitoring and evaluation tool for NGOs or non profit management software needs to offer:

Features that increase efficiency both at all levels of the organization.

Dashboards that provide useful insights for project staff, HQ staff, partners and donors

Flexible access rights and security measures to guarantee data integrity as well as confidentiality


Interface, help articles and helpdesk support in multiple languages

Low charging time and/or data import capability and/or offline data collection

Other services (like support to administrators to help them optimize their software configuration and design forms, progress reports, or data visualizations)

Out-of-the-box product vs tailor-made monitoring and evaluation tool for NGOs

One of the first choice that NGOs and nonprofits need to do is decide wether they prefer an out-of-the-box product or tailor-made monitoring and evaluation tool for NGOs. LogAlto is actually a hybrid – it is a out-of-the-box system that is configured to fit your context.


The biggest advantage of an out-of-the-box system is that there are no surprises: you already know from the start how much it will cost, how much time it will take to launch and which features it offers.


The biggest advantage of a tailor-made system is that it will fit perfectly your organization’s needs. But this could be very costly and may take more time than planned.


A hybrid solution is  a highly flexible and configurable out-of-the-box monitoring and evaluation tool for NGOs. It has the advantages of reduced cost, reduced implementation time and can be adapted to your context.

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