025 – Global Best Practices in Monitoring and Evaluating of Development Assistance Projects: New Techniques for Independent Monitors and NGOs

Date: May 17 – 28, 2021 | Sept 6 – 17, 2021
Location: Houston, Texas USA
CEUs: 6.0

Registration Discount: $8,400 – You must Register 60 days in advance and payment must be Paid In Full 30 days prior to the start of class.

Course Overview

Each year, multi-lateral and NGO donor organizations administer hundreds of billions of dollars in assistance to emerging/transitional economy countries. To ensure benefit to society and the economy and value for money, development projects must be effectively monitored and evaluated. In this course, participants will be exposed to the key elements necessary to effectively monitor and evaluate development projects. The course will strengthen the participants’ capacity to monitor and evaluate implementation of development projects and assess the project results and outcomes. Through presentations, case studies and simulated exercises participants will gain new knowledge and skills that will enable them to develop an Action Plan to successfully implement and institutionalize effective M&E procedures and systems to maximize the impact and success of development programs.
• Learn the latest techniques and management systems for independent evaluation and monitoring
• Understand methods for assessing economic, social, environmental and institutional impact
• Learn to collect, manage, analyze and report project data
• Learn to apply relevant management information systems for “mining” project data and determining results
• Understand consultation procedures for effective communications and coordination
• Develop your own Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Action Plan to implement on-the-job
• Network and build professional relations with your fellow participants and leading
• M&E professionals

Project Monitoring
• Techniques of project monitoring auditing
• Evaluating project management systems and practices
• Designing management monitoring systems
• Coordinating with national bodies, project steering committees, and project staff
• Independent Evaluation Techniques
• Evaluating social and institutional change
• Measuring results and impacts
• Assessing economic, social and environmental impact
• Post-project evaluation

Monitoring and Evaluation Indicators and Measurements
• Variables and indicators
• The LOGFRAME Approach
• Surveys and sampling techniques
• Data characteristics and sources
• Appraisal and rapid appraisal techniques
• Conducting surveys and other social studies

Monitoring and Evaluation Systems and Tools
• Standards in data management
• Data/Information/Knowledge management systems
• ICT/MIS approaches to M&E knowledge management
• Software tools for project managers
• Organizational issues in managing information and data

Monitoring and Evaluating Data Analysis, Interpretation, and Promulgation
• Principles of data analysis and interpretation
• Software-based data analysis techniques
• Determining and presenting data outputs
• Consultative communications among stakeholders prior to final reporting
• Developing the Project Performance Audit Report (PPAR) Action Planning

Tuition: $8,600