Advanced certificate in monitoring & evaluation (acme)

“If you can't measure it, you can't improve it.”

The question “what difference are we making”– as an individual, project, programme, organization or network, is increasingly important whether for learning or accountability. 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.

Start date

10 February 2019
Course runs for 3 months

Format

Online: Thursdays 7 pm - 9 pm Face to face: Mon, Tue & Wed
5 - 8 pm

Inquiry

Irene Kawala
Email: i.kawala@virtualuni.ac.ug

How to apply

Complete our online application form

Fees

USD 400 (Uganda)
USD 600 (International)
USD 800 (Organisations)

Course background

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.

 

Course Description

This course provides a novel way of looking at the practice of Monitoring and Evaluation (M & E). The question “what difference are we making”– as an individual, project, programme, organization or network, is increasingly important whether for learning or accountability.

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.

Course Objectives

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.

Certification

Learners who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate from Virtual University of Uganda

Course Content

Module 1: Introduction (Principles & Perspectives of M&E)
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

Target students

  • 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.

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How to pay

Fees are payable in 3 ways. 
  • Online
  • Over the counter – Banks
  • Mobile money – Ugandans

    Meet the team

    Irene Kawala
    Coordinator, Corporate Academy
    Cell Phone: +256 759 793 968
    Email: i.kawala@virtualuni.ac.ug
    Skype: irenejj35

    Jimmy Kenneth Opoka
    Director for the Program

    Email: jimmy.opoka@gmail.com;
    Skype: jimmy.opoka78

    Our next intake is February 2019