Complexity-Aware Monitoring

Complexity-Aware Monitoring

At the end of this course you can:

  • identify the 'complex' areas of your projects/strategies
  • develop feasible complexity-aware monitoring practices 
  • argue how supportive IT technologies can create engagement in your team for innovative monitoring practices
  • plan for making monitoring engaging for yourself, your team and other key stakeholders
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Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning

Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning

The pressure that organisations working in development and social change face to show ‘results’ often ends up undermining our ability to take a step back and look at our work with a fresh perspective, asking new questions. Does our M&E framework represent what we are really trying to achieve? Are we bringing learning into practice adequately? Are our partners learning and growing with us? Or are we just ‘ticking the boxes’ with a growing sense of unease, losing track of the deeper questions? 

This course will assist you in getting the basics right, so that you can comply with the demand for quantitative data, whilst at the same time providing you with a more developmental way of doing M&E that is focused on continuous learning in order to improve future practice and achieve more sustainable impact.

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Writing for Development course : Bringing creativity and discipline to thinking and writing

 Writing for Development course : Bringing creativity and discipline to thinking and writing

Writing well demands that we move between the freedom of creative expression and the discipline of structure. Yet we often get stuck somewhere on the continuum and demand of ourselves a perfect product delivered within the limited time we have available for writing our reports, case studies and concept notes. Our self-doubt undermines us, the time evaporates and we rush to the finish line barely making the deadline with doubts about the end result and a promise to do it differently next time. If this is familiar, come and join us and be exposed to a better way.

Whether your work requires you to write proposals, reports, concept notes or case studies this course is for you. The course will meet you where you are – although some previous writing experience will be helpful. The course will build your skills and confidence to write documents that are succinct and concise yet engage the reader’s intellect, imagination, heart and will. Beyond learning to write it will also encourage you to write to explore, enquire and learn.

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Understanding and using data: An introduction and overview

Understanding and using data: An introduction and overview

This training will help you to:

  • Develop simple quantitative data analysis skills, such as percentages and averages, and the pitfalls to watch out for.
  • Understand what statistical significance means, and how to interpret it
  • Develop basic qualitative data analysis skills
  • Identify key data protection considerations
  • Understand how to present quantitative and qualitative data
  • Bring your data together and understand how to interpret it.
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Impact Evaluation with Elliot Stern

Impact Evaluation with Elliot Stern

Why are we obsessed with impact evaluation (IE)? To address this question Elliot Stern will discuss contemporary thinking on IE, and how IE has evolved in recent years. He will also explore what IE could offer to the sustainable development goals ‘agenda’, as an example of the challenges evaluating any complex, unpredictable and interconnected system.

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Advanced Diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation: Project Management for the UN, Government, and NGOs

Advanced Diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation: Project Management for the UN, Government, and NGOs

This diploma will enable students to gain critical skills in monitoring and evaluation (M&E) across industries and sectors. Through incorporating a theory-practice approach, students will be able to gain rigorous theoretical and scientific knowledge into how to go about constructing a monitoring and evaluation program within the domain they are interested in.

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Planification, suivi & évaluation participatifs

Nous travaillons dans des contextes complexes et très dynamiques, où de nombreux acteurs sont impliqués et où nous avons à répondre à de nombreuses demandes. Guider nos initiatives de développement vers l’impact voulu signifie affronter les défis de ce contexte en constante transformation. L’objectif de cette formation de deux semaines est de renforcer votre aptitude
à jouer un rôle important dans une gestion orientée vers l’impact (GOI).

Gestion Orientée vers l' Impact

Suivi & Evaluation et Gestion Orientée vers l’Impact
Pour amener au changement désiré, vos initiatives de développement doivent être étroitement liées aux spécificités du contexte. Parce que ce contexte évolue, une bonne gestion doit être réactive et proactive. Des compétences et fonctions de Suivi & Evaluation (S&E) efficientes et pertinentes permettent d’activer la capacité à être réactif et proactif, alimentant à la fois une conception stratégique réfléchie et une exécution des interventions efficace, ceci en engageant les acteurs de manière appropriée. Le S&E devient alors central dans la navigation de ces contextes et appuie le fonctionnement de votre organisation. Ceci est l’essence même de la GOI. Cette formation interactive vous met au défi de transcrire le contenu du cours en une approche réalisable et appropriée à votre situation de travail.

Objectifs du cours

A la fin du cours:

  • Se familiariser avec l’approche de Gestion Orientée vers l’Impact dans sa glo- balité et savoir replacer votre système de S&E dans un contexte plus large.
  • Comprendre les éléments clés pour une Gestion Orientée vers l’Impact.
  • Renforcer certaines bases de la planification, suivi et évaluation (PSE), comme: réflexion stratégique, analyse de situation, théories de l’intervention, élaboration d’un système S&E, réflexion critique, facilitation de l’engagement des personnes, évaluation d’impact.
  • Pouvoir les points forts et les faiblesses de votre organisation en terme de GOI/PSE et préparer un plan d’action en conséquence.
  • Renforcer votre appartenance à un réseau de professionnels en PSE.

Qui peut participer?

Cette formation demande des connaissances et compétences de base du domaine et est destinée au personnel ayant des responsabilités en PSE ou dans la gestion et voulant amener des améliorations dans leur organisation, ainsi qu’aux consultants et facilitateurs offrant des services de PSE.

 

Monitoring and Evaluation (Blended Learning)

Monitoring and Evaluation (Blended Learning)

M&E is an essential component of international NGOs, NGOs and civil society organisations striving to continually improve their work and have greater accountability. Given the high demand in the sector, this foundation course is designed to develop you understand what M&E entails, why it is so vital, and how to do it well and in a participatory way.

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Monitoring and Evaluation for Results 5-days

Monitoring and Evaluation for Results 5-days

A great strength of the IMA approach to training lies in the diversity of opportunities it provides for participants to learn. Participants who feel comfortable with more conventional study methods can draw on the well organised readings and powerpoint presentations. Those who learn most by doing and sharing benefit from the innovative range of participatory exercises.

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Monitoring and Evaluation for Results 10-days

Monitoring and Evaluation for Results 10-days

A great strength of the IMA approach to training lies in the diversity of opportunities it provides for participants to learn. Participants who feel comfortable with more conventional study methods can draw on the well organized readings and power point presentations. Those who learn most by doing and sharing can benefit from the innovative range of participatory exercises

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Monitoring & Evaluation Boot Camp

About the Monitoring & Evaluation Boot Camp

The Monitoring & Evaluation Bootcamp is run by David Hearle a world leading M&E expert who brings to the boot camp 36 years of International Development experience gained in all regions of the world.

During the day all areas of Monitoring & Evaluation will be introduced to ensure that each participant leaves confident in understanding Monitoring and Evaluation and how to apply in International Development. To achieve this David has developed a program to make the complex simple and focus on the essentials.

Given the time limitation David has put together a series of materials, examples and templates that will make implementation much easier and can be viewed after completion. These are provided to each participant on a flash stick.

The word “boot camp” has been used to reflect a teaching nature where topics are covered with reasonable speed and intensity to maximise learning in a short period of time. David having taught hundreds of courses to those from 119 countries is very skilled in making it easy to understand and learn.

All participants will be presented with a certificate of attendance at the end of the course.

Who the M&E Boot Camp is designed for

The one-day M&E boot camp has been developed to meet the needs of those who want to further their understanding of M&E but have limited time to attend a longer course. And provides a good value solution.

The M&E Bootcamp will be of significant value to those who need to be aware of M&E without needing depth on all the data collection and detailed design of M&E systems.

As the course is just one day there is limited depth with a focus on breadth and general knowledge. For more in-depth study we recommend the three days Key Principles of Monitoring & Evaluation Course.

Participants will generally be working for NGOs, Governments, Donors, Corporates, and Consultancies or as independent consultants.

M&E Boot Camp Dates

The M&E Boot Camp is run on open dates in locations around the world. David is also able to run the M&E Boot Camp for organisations in your venue. Please do contact:
David.Hearle@impactmanagementinternational.com to discuss.

Boot Camp Content

The boot camp covers M&E in broad terms and provides an overview with practice limited to very short exercises. The day will start at 9 and finish at 5 and includes a shortish lunch, tea and coffee breaks. The learning outcomes are shown below:

  • Describe the purposes of monitoring and evaluation;
  • Explain the differences between evaluation, monitoring, inspection, review and audit;
  • Explain the relationship between monitoring systems and evaluations;
  • Understand the importance of the Results Chain to project design, implementation, and evaluation;
  • State the differences and relationship between impact, outcome, outputs, activities, and inputs;
  • Explain the rationale for having a Theory of Change;
  • Explain the relationship between expected changes and project objectives in the Results Chain or Narrative Column of the Log Frame;
  • Describe the steps to develop a Theory of Change;
  • Recognition of the significance of the Theory of Change to M&E and performance management;
  • Describe the main purposes and use of the Log Frame and it’s role in M&E;
  • Understand how to complete a Log Frame Matrix;
  • Describe the steps that need be followed to develop a Monitoring System;
  • Understand the importance of having an effective monitoring system for project performance;
  • Describe the purpose of an M&E Framework;
  • Explain the purpose of an M&E Plan;
  • Describe how the M&E Framework relates to project/organisation planning and performance management;
  • Describe the main purposes of evaluation;
  • List the Development Assistance Criteria (DAC);
  • Identify different types of evaluations;
  • Understand that different types of evaluation have different purposes and focus;
  • Appreciate evaluations have limits on their focus and scope;
  • List common standards and principles that guide international development evaluations;
  • Explain key steps needed to follow to conduct Baseline Study at project start-up;
  • Explain purpose of indicators;
  • Describe characteristics of a good indicator;
  • Describe different sources or means of verification for indicators;
  • Explain how to identify appropriate data sources for indicators;
  • Understand the importance of having clear SMART indicators for effective project performance management and reporting;
  • Explain how to effectively select data collection methods;
  • Explain the importance of methodological triangulation in M&E;
  • Appreciate that different collection methods have different strengths and weaknesses;
  • Use M&E information for project/organisation learning and decision-making;
  • Recognise the importance of M&E to decision-making, planning and organisation learning.

Next Open M&E Boot Camp:

3 May 2016, Melbourne

Provider - Impact Management International

Format - Face to Face

Cost - Fee AUS$ 220

Duration - 1 day

Focus areas - Theory of Change

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Participatory Program Design, Monitoring & Evaluation

Participatory Program Design, Monitoring & Evaluation

The training lays out a step by step process starting with how to engage key stakeholders: the people directly affected by the project, and the people you need to influence to make it happen. Then we identify ways to build participation into program design, planning, monitoring and evaluation - with practical tools at each step.  

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