DATES: SEP 26 - OCT 7, 2016    
       
TUITION: $3950    
       

 

 

 

Overview

This seminar familiarizes participants with project monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems and tools that focus on results in international development. The seminar offers participants both a conceptual framework and practical skill development.

 

Course Outline 

Results-Based Management (RBM) in International Development

  • Understanding and distinguishing between monitoring and evaluation in the context of RBM
  • Results Chain: inputs, processes, outputs, outcomes and impacts for development projects, programs or strategies
  • Importance of feedback and lessons learned
  • Role of partners and stakeholders
  • Significance of "soft" assistance
  • Implications for country offices

Planning for and Executing the Monitoring and Evaluation Processes

  • Key principles for overall work planning
  • Purpose and timing (including ex-post) of monitoring and evaluation
  • Involving key partners and stakeholders
  • Building teams with defined roles and strong capabilities
  • Establishing a hierarchy of project objectives
  • Defining scope of monitoring and evaluations
  • Selecting analytical tools, methodologies or approaches enabling measurement and attribution
  • Importance of data quality and collection, and baseline data
  • Measuring and assessing project/program output relevance, efficiency and effectiveness in achieving outcomes
  • Measuring and assessing level, sustainability, innovativeness, replicability and scalability of impacts from project/program outcomes on physical and financial assets; human assets; social capital and people's empowerment; food security; environment and communal resource base; institutions, policies and regulations
  • Budgeting
  • Managing monitoring and evaluation processes
  • Anticipating and resolving problems

Tools, Methods and Approaches Facilitating Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Performance indicators and common rating systems 
  • Logical framework approach (LogFrame)
  • Theory-based evaluation 
  • Formal surveys
  • Rapid appraisal methods
  • Participatory methods
  • Field visits
  • Public expenditure tracking surveys
  • Economic analysis, including cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analysis
  • Project evaluations
  • Impact evaluation analysis
  • Evaluation and tracking plans
  • Annual reviews and reports
  • Comparative overview of other tools, methods and approaches used by leading global institutions

Knowledge and Learning

  • Learning from evaluative evidence and applying recommendations from feedback
  • Publication of evaluative evidence and feedback material
  • Improving evaluation feedback
  • Knowledge management
  • Institutionalization of learning

Course Advisor

Ms. Danielle de Garcia  is the Deputy Director of Performance Evaluation, Innovation, and Learning at Social Impact (SI). She has 10 years’ experience with monitoring and evaluation (M&E), organizational capacity building, and participatory methodologies in more than 25 countries. As a facilitator, Mrs. de García has developed curriculum and trained hundreds of U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), U.S Department of State (DOS), Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), and non-governmental organization (NGO) personnel in results-based management and M&E. Her recent work includes the design, development, and delivery of M&E trainings for the US Institute of Peace, USAID, the International Law Institute and MCC; providing Managing for Results training and Country Development and Cooperation Strategy assistance to USG staff globally; providing strategic planning and project alignment for the World Bank; and serving as a team member or team leader on a number of assessments and evaluations for Carter Center, IREX, USAID, MCC, and MacArthur Foundation initiatives around the world. Beyond serving as an evaluation team leader and team member, she also provides advice and technical assistance to national and international organizations in the development of M&E systems. Mrs. de García holds an MPA in International Management, a certification in Development Project Management, and is a Certified Performance Technologist for human and institutional capacity development.