In the last two decades, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) has seen an exponential growth around the world in terms of practice, profession and academic study. M&E processes have become an important source of knowledge management and organizational learning in organizations. Many organizations are realizing the importance of ‘knowing what they know’ and being able to extract that knowledge and use it to improve their operations.
Monitoring and Evaluation is a process that helps improve performance and achieve results. Its goal is to improve current and future management of outputs, outcomes and impact. It is mainly used to assess the performance of projects, institutions and programs set up by governments, international organizations and NGOs. It establishes links between the past, present and future actions.
The course lays out the challenges, introduces a tool-box of techniques and shows where these can be best applied through practical strategies and case studies. M & E are viewed as critical to all stages of a policy or programme development. Ways of promoting early participation and the engagement of key stakeholders are explored and a step-by-step action plan to improve the practice of M & E is provided. This lays the ground for M & E to make vital contributions to incentivizing change and measure performance. In later sections techniques to measure impact and enable learning are provided.
Upon completion of the course the students will be able to:
- Understand the added value of M&E and importance of adapting to context and working with clients and beneficiaries;
- Learn how to develop an effective evaluation framework;
- Fully appreciate the challenges facing evaluators and how to address them with practical strategies;
- Learn about various evaluation methods and how to choose the evaluation tools appropriate and relevant to the particular needs and context;
- Be able to set practical strategies to ensure that M&E is fully integrated into the critical steps involved in development, humanitarian relief and policy environments;
- Be able to apply evaluation strategies and principle-based framework in their own practice;
- Be able to develop action planning with the view to improve MEAL function in the organization/project/programme.
Learners who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate from Virtual University of Uganda
Module 2: Macro-Planning in M & E
Module 3: M&E Design & Management
Module 4: Framing Information Needs
Module 5: Data Gathering & Management
Module 6: Data Analysis & Presentation
Module 7: Data sharing in M&E
- Anyone who commissions, manages or carries out project or programme M&E;
- Evaluation advisors and consultants;
- Internal and external evaluators;
- Evaluation units of International NGOs and UN agencies;
- Project managers, policy makers and programme implementers;
- Government agencies, legal & other specialist bodies;
- Researchers and development graduate students.