Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning

Course Description

Resource Person: DR. SAMSON BARIGYE

For many years, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning in developing countries was given little attention; however lately ME&L are increasingly becoming recognized as indispensable management function by donors, government and civil society organizations for the purposes of generating project/programme results. Therefore, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (ME& L) is an important tool for optimizing the utilization of the scarce resources by ensuring efficient and effective implementation and delivery of peace building and conflict prevention initiatives as well as enabling decision makers to draw lessons from implementation for the future. The role of ME& L as a tool of effective management of peace building and conflict prevention initiatives in the short and intermediate terms and to strengthen management capabilities in the long term is increasingly recognized. Although practitioners and decision-makers may monitor, evaluate and learn from peace building initiatives, they may not be professionally familiar with the concepts and processes involved in ME&L.

Aim: Equip students with knowledge, skills, techniques, approaches and methodologies that will enable them design ME&L plans, to efficiently and effectively monitor and evaluate a wide range of projects and programmes; appreciate that monitoring and evaluations happens in a context of various categories of stakeholders who should be included at all levels to help the process to achieve best and relevant results; work with multi-disciplinary teams towards implementation successes; integrate own frameworks into global, regional and national sector frameworks to maintain overall relevance.

Objectives: To obtain knowledge and formulate critical performance indicators, design a monitoring, evaluation and learning system, design and conduct monitoring evaluation and learning studies as well as monitor and evaluate and produce evaluation reports.

Scope: The course will cover a range of topics necessary for effective Monitoring and evaluation. The Students will be introduced to various tools, frameworks and approaches used in monitoring and evaluating projects for effective delivery of results. The course will the course will cover a range of topics including: Monitoring and Evaluation Rationale and Concepts; M & E types and best practices; the Logical framework as the basic tool for the design of Monitoring and Evaluation plans, frameworks and Systems; performance indicators; data collection, processing, analysis and presentation techniques; Participatory Approaches to M & E; writing M&E reports; dissemination of M &E Results

References/ Readings

CDA Collaborative Learning Projects. 2013. Reflecting on Peace Practice: Participant

Training Manual. Available at http://cdacollaborative.org/publication/reflecting-onpeace-practice-i-participant-training-manual/

Church, C., & M. Rogers. 2006. Designing for Results: Integrating Monitoring and

Evaluation in Conflict Transformation Programs. Washington, D.C.: Search for

Common Ground.

Church, C., & J. Shouldice. 2002. The Evaluation of Conflict Resolution Interventions: Framing the State of Play. Londonderry: Incore

 

Dziedzic, M., B. Sotirin, & J. Agoglia (Eds.). 2008. Measuring Progress in Conflict Environments (MPICE) – A Metrics Framework for Assessing Conflict Transformation and Stabilization. Washington, DC: United States Institute for Peace. Available at http://www.usip.org/files/resources/MPICE%20Aug%2008.pdf.

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