In recent years the importance of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) has been increasingly realised in development cooperation.
It is important to see monitoring and evaluation as tools to be integrated into all aspects of program and project management. Monitoring is defined as a continuous function that provides managers and stakeholders with regular feedback on program performance taking into account the external environment. It provides an early indication of progress or lack thereof in the achievement of intended results. Evaluation, on the other hand, provides a judgment based on assessments of relevance, appropriateness, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability of development efforts. It involves a rigorous, systematic and objective process in the design, analysis and interpretation of information to answer specific questions.
This course will enable you to understand and put in practice the principles of sound results-based monitoring and evaluation methodology in your project. This course will give students an understanding of the most common processes, tools, techniques, and theories that are necessary to monitor and evaluate a project. This course examines the defining characteristics of monitoring and evaluation techniques, and introduces the student to a variety of project management techniques that can be applied in a development project context.
- Basic concepts and definitions of monitoring and evaluation
- In-depth understanding of development programs and projects
- What are the challenges associated with M&E implementation
- Identify the purpose and scope of the M&E system
- Plan for data collection and management
- Plan for data analysis
- Plan for information reporting and utilization
- Plan for M&E human resources and capacity building
- Prepare the M&E budget
- Case studies and simulation exercise
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