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Certificate in Applied Evaluation

This course will focus on the practical aspects of M&E, from the participatory development of a results framework to monitoring programmes and projects, managing evaluations and making use of evidence findings.

What you will learn?

Through a mix of practical activities, theory and examples of effective practice you learn how to:

  • communicate a Theory of Change overview
  • identify a desired change - understanding how change happens
  • use participatory methodologies to enhance your strategic planning
  • capitalise meta-skills for change
  • clarify results at the programme level using logic models and plan a project using the logical framework
  • develop indicators and targets
  • combine qualitative and quantitative approaches to gather and interpret data
  • design and manage evaluation
  • use your findings to stimulate learning, improvement and stakeholder buy-in
  • develop and work with a practical M&E system

Daily Course Objectives

Day 1

Week 1: Theory of Change and Strategic Planning

  • definitions and key concepts - 4 Dimensions of Theory of Change
  • relationship with M&E: complementarities and innovations
  • desired change: understanding how change happens
  • ecosystem analysis.

Day 2

Develop a Theory of Change

  • assess our work: attribution or contribution to change?
  • Meta-skills and self-development in the ToC process
  • explore pathways of change: alternative ways to contribute to change
  • the power of assumptions: how does our thinking affect our actions?

Day 3

Complexity, power and learning for social change

  • stakeholder engagement: understanding complexity and power dynamics
  • develop pathways of change: alternative ways to contribute to change
  • indicators of change: how we know we are contributing to change.

Day 4

Contribution assessment framework and participatory methodologies

  • assess contribution to change
  • participatory methods and tools for contribution assessment
  • reflect on our assessment practices.

Day 5

Integrating learning into practice

  • revisit our M&E system from a contribution assessment perspective
  • meta-skills for facilitating Theory of Change processes
  • learning synthesis and steps forward.

Day 6

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.

Day 7

Results framework

  • develop logic models
  • work with and beyond logframes.

Day 8

Developing M&E frameworks

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

Day 9

Gathering data/information

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

Day 10

M&E system and plan

  • prepare M&E plan
  • M&E system overview
  • learning synthesis.

Day 11

Data gathering in practice: fieldwork

  • practice data gathering tools
  • use different tools to gather data in live context
  • field work reflection.

Day 12

Theory of Change

  • develop a theory of change from the live data gathered during fieldwork
  • relate theory of change thinking to M&E.

Day 13

Information for decision-making

  • review monitoring data
  • use M&E information and evidence for decision-making

Day 14

Fostering a learning culture

  • identify ways to foster a learning culture
  • become M&E change agents and champions
  • coaching and preparation for participant presentations

Day 15

Using what you have learnt

  • participant presentations
  • embedding learning for personal and organisational benefit
  • collective course reflection

When

16 Sep 2019 @ 09:00 am

17 Sep 2019 @ 09:00 am

Duration: 1 days


Where

Atlantic Imbizo

301, Clock Tower Silo Centre, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, V & A Waterfront,

8001 Cape Town

South Africa


Organised by

IMA International

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