Recently, there has been a realization that agriculture and in particular the viability and sustainability of smallholder farming can be a key to not only improving food security status but also reducing poverty. Monitoring and evaluation helps track agricultural project performance at any given time and provides reasons for an observed project status. In addition, understanding how approaches in Monitoring and Evaluation can be modified or enhanced to optimize positive impact on the intended beneficiaries is important. This five-day course is aimed at providing an overview of results-based monitoring and evaluation methods particularly in agricultural projects.
- Participants will gain confidence to apply the acquired skills and knowledge to their M&E work
- Participants will be able to share and learn from other country experiences to strengthen their M&E systems in agricultural projects.
- Participants will have an improved understanding of how M&E can improve the quality of their projects while promoting learning and accountability
- Participants will also learn how to be better managers and consumers of evaluations conducted by others
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
The course is designed for representatives from government, project teams, NGOs, multi and bi-lateral development organizations, consultancies, etc, that are typically employed as project managers and directors, M&E specialists, technical specialists, and researchers.
Module 1: What is Monitoring and evaluation?
- Why is M&E important
- M&E and the project cycle management
- Step to implementing M&E in a project/programme in agricultural projects
- Type of evaluations
- Methods and tools for M&E
Module 2: Trends towards Result Based M&E
- Managing for Development Results (MfDR)
- MfDR core principles
- MfDR and Result based management (RBM)
- Emergence of RBM and its development
- Seven phases of RBM
- Performance measurement, performance indicators and performance monitoring
- Logical framework and results framework
Introduction to Result Based M&E
- Essential actions to build result based M&E
- Result based M&E cycle
- The power of measuring results
Situation analyses/Needs assessment
- Formative research
- Situation analysis
- Needs assessment
- Tools to conduct a needs assessment
- Illustrative examples of situation analysis and mappings
Designing the M&E system
- The result chain
- Impact path ways
- Logical framework vs Theory of change
- Developing a theory of change
- Components of a theory of change
- Why are M&E frameworks important?
- Considerations when developing an M&E framework
- Results frameworks
- Logical frameworks
Designing indicators and evidence
- What are indicators?
- Characteristics of good indicators
- Process versus result/impact indicators
- Process indicators
- Result indicators
- Output indicators
- Outcome indicators
- Impact indicators
- Developing internationally comparable indicators
- What does an M&E plan include?
- Important considerations for an M&E plan
- When should M&E be undertaken?
- When monitoring activities should be carried out?
- When should evaluations be conducted?
- Can M&E plans be amended?
Module 6: Evaluation Techniques
- Evaluation questions
- Steps to developing evaluation questions
- Illustrative examples
- Designing evaluations for stakeholder benefit and use
- Choice and use of qualitative and quantitative collection instruments
- Participatory data analysis
- Communicating findings meaningfully for comprehensive stakeholder learning
Module 7: Baseline Assessments
- What is baseline data and how is it collected?
- Needs assessment versus baseline study
- Questions to ask about a baseline plan
- What kind of baseline data is necessary, useful and practical to collect?
- Examples of baseline surveys
Module 8: Data Collection and Analysis
- Quantitative data
- Methods for collecting quantitative data
- Challenges and limitations of quantitative methods
- Qualitative data
- Methods for collecting qualitative data
- Pre/post intervention focus group discussions
- Pre/post intervention interviews
- Illustration and example with selected participatory methods
Module 9: Communicating M&E information
- Developing a communications strategy based on evaluation findings.
- Communicating findings to bring about change.
- Presenting M&E results using different media.
Module 10: Use of M&E Results
- Different uses of M&E results
- To whom to give feedback
- When to give feedback
- How to give feed back
- Embedding learning for personal and organizational benefit
- Becoming change agents for M&E.
- Becoming an M&E champion
This training can also be customized for your institution upon request. You can also have it delivered your preferred location.
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Participants should be reasonably proficient in English. During the trainings, participants should come with their own laptops.
The course fee covers the course tuition, training materials, two break refreshments, lunch, and study visits.
Accommodation is arranged upon request. For reservations contact us through Mobile: +254732776700
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Payment should be transferred to FineResults Research Limited bank before commencement of training. Send proof of payment through the email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- All requests for cancellations must be received in writing.
- Changes will become effective on the date of written confirmation being received.