1. INTRODUCTION TO MONITORING AND EVALUATION
ABOUT THE COURSE
This 3 day instructor led course is designed for individuals who are new to the field of monitoring and evaluation or those who wish to formalise their existing understanding which has been developed through work based experience.
The course considers important concepts and activities from inception through to outcome evaluation and additionally includes valuable project management and leadership techniques. The course includes a series of activities and assignments as part of the learning process. Reference is made to case studies which are also considered during the course.
- To provide an introduction to what is meant by monitoring and evaluation
- To develop an understanding of when and how to use recognised tools and techniques for monitoring and evaluation
- To develop a monitoring and evaluation report
- To gain an understanding of a monitoring and evaluation process
- To develop awareness of how to manage monitoring and evaluation stakeholders such as overseas program directors, international donors/partners, and independent reviewers
Introduction to M&E
The course starts with an introduction to, and overview, of the monitoring and evaluation process. A framework is introduced which is used through the course.
Consideration is given to the initial planning requirements when developing a monitoring and evaluation system.
Designing a Monitoring & Evaluation Process
Consideration is given to the important elements that make up the design of a monitoring and evaluation process. Methods and techniques to achieve this successfully are considered together with the associated pros and cons.
The elements required to successfully plan and deliver a project are considered with tools and techniques that will assist with scope planning and delivery together with stakeholder management.
Collecting & Information Analysis
Data and information collection and analysis tools are considered together with appropriate and effective usage and application. Consideration is given to pros and cons of different approaches together with decisions which must be made regarding information storage and knowledge management.
A core part of the monitoring and evaluation process involves reporting to a variety of stakeholders. This session considers some of the common reports which must be produced together with best practice with reference to report writing.
Throughout the monitoring and evaluation process, decisions need to be made as to how to proceed and how to respond to information that is being gathered. This session explores techniques that can be used to ensure that the decisions reached are in the best interest of the project/intervention, organization and are supported by stakeholders.
Managing Resistance and Conflict
Any project delivering change will meet with resistance and conflict. Common causes of difficulty are considered together with techniques used to mitigate and resolve such conflicts upon occurrence.
Learning from M&E Evaluation Projects
Lesson-learning and feedback are vital to the monitoring and evaluation process. The importance and use of lessons learned is considered together with how these can be used within the project during the project's duration and post-implementation after completion. Finally, structures for capturing these lessons are presented.