Single Course

Monitoring and Evaluation of Development and Community Projects(MEPE)

Project Management

Course Summary:

The objective of this course in planning, monitoring and evaluation is to equip development practitioners with the knowledge and expertise to be able to conduct their own planning, monitoring, evaluation and reporting or to be able to guide project partners in doing so. 
A key objective is to increase the capacity of the development sector to deliver project outcomes that are efficient and effective, and to be able to measure and evaluate these outcomes. 
The course will provide a space for development practitioners to learn from each other by sharing knowledge and experiences. 

Course Objectives:

  • Understand the link between strategic planning, operational planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation
  • To develop logic models to guide planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation processes
  • To develop appropriate indicators and targets as part of planning, monitoring and evaluation processes
  • Report accurately on performance results and link the results to future programme planning and implementation decisions
  • Clarify key results at the programme-level using logic models
  • Plan a project using the logical framework

Course Outline

Principles of M&E for Results The changing role and practice of M&E

  • M&E fundamentals
  • results approaches: outputs, outcomes and impact
  • relate M&E to your programme and project cycle
  • identify stakeholders and their differing needs and roles

Results framework

  • develop logic models
  • work with and beyond logframes

Developing M&E frameworks

  • criteria for indicators
  • develop project indicators
  • identify means of verification

Gathering data/information/knowledge

  • quantitative and qualitative approaches and instruments
  • data organisation, quality assurance and analysis
  • design baseline, evaluation and impact studies

M&E system and plan

  • prepare M&E plan
  • M&E system
  • week 1 learning synthesis

Embedding key M&E practices and apply these to your live work cases or a local organisation

  • situation and context analysis
  • critical overview of logframes

Evaluation techniques

  • design evaluations for stakeholder benefit and use
  • choice and use of qualitative and quantitative collection instruments
  • making use of M&E data/information/knowledge

Participatory data collection methods

  • Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) techniques
  • timeline exercises
  • focus group discussions
  • key informant interviews

Learning sysnthesis and reflection

  • innovative M&E approaches (Theory of Change)
  • participant presentations preparation

Using what you have learnt

  • participant presentations
  • embedding learning for personal and organisational benefit
  • becoming change agents for M&E.