Certificate in Applied Evaluation

From Monitoring & Evaluation to Theory of Change & Strategic Planning

This three week Certificate in Applied Evaluation training course focuses on how to capture the changes arising from your development interventions. Building on your recently acquired Theory of Change learning you go on to build on your monitoring and evaluation skills which together support you in your strategic decision making. It includes a 1-1 professional coaching session after you return to work to help embed your learning further.

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Why choose this course

This is for managers and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) officers who need to plan and implement M&E in their projects and programmes and for those wanting to improve their M&E skills. This course will focus on the practical aspect of M&E, from the development of a framework to monitor programme and projects to the design of an evaluation. Theory of Change approach will be utilised as a way of bringing learning into practice in order to promote strategic decision making.

What you will learn

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

  • 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
  • use your findings to stimulate learning, improvement and stakeholder buy-in
  • develop and work with a practical M&E system
  • Theory of Change overview
  • Desired Change - understanding how change happens
  • Contribution Assessment framework and participatory methodologies

Daily Course Objectives

Subject to change to reflect participants' needs.

  • Day 1
    Week 1: Theory of Change and Strategic Planning

    • definitions and key concepts
    • relationship with M&E: complementarities and innovations
    • Desired change: understanding how change happens
    • Conditions of Change
  • Day 2
    Develop a Theory of Change

    • assessing our work: Attribution or Contribution to change?
    • Contribution Assessment versus Impact Assessment
    • 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

    • assessing contribution to change
    • participatory methods and tools for contribution assessment
    • reflecting on our assessment practices
  • Day 5
    Integrating learning into practice

    • revisiting our M&E system from a contribution assessment perspective
    • meta-skills for facilitating Theory of Change processes
    • learning synthesis and steps forward
  • Day 6
    Week 2: Principles of M&E for Results
    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/knowledge

    • 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
    • week 2 learning synthesis
  • Day 11
    Week 3: Embedding Key M&E practices and apply these to your live work cases or a local organisation

    • situation and context analysis
    • critical overview of logframes
  • Day 12
    Evaluation techniques

    • design evaluations for stakeholder benefit and use
    • choice and use of qualitative and quantitative collection instruments
    • making use of M&E data/information/knowledge
  • Day 13
    Participatory data collection methods

    • Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) techniques
    • timeline exercises
    • focus group discussions
    • key informant interviews
  • Day 14
    Learning synthesis and reflection

    • innovative M&E approaches (Theory of Change)
    • participant presentations preparation
  • Day 15
    Using what you have learnt

    • participant presentations
    • embedding learning for personal and organisational benefit
    • becoming change agents for M&E.

What our participants say

"IMA provide state of the art training based on principles of participatory methods and concepts that have been rigorously tested. The training approach using hands on exercises was effective and is a catalyst for fast understanding of real life experiences."
Peter Ndilowe, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, Agricultural Productivity Programme for Southern Africa, Malawi

"I liked the way this training is designed, the duration, methods of training used and above all the selection of facilitators."
Futhie Ngcamphalala, United Nations Mission in South Sudan

This course has been rewarding for my professional and personal development. I like the participatory teaching method and higher level of facilitation and logistical support of IMA.
Md. Monirul Alam, WASH Specialist, UNICEF, Bangladesh

I enjoyed the impact evaluation sessions and the way the course was organised. It was really practical, hands-on training. I learnt how I could assess the changes that can be attributed to a particular inervention, when the change happened and to who. To me this is one of the things I really appreciate because of my responsibility in the project we are implementing in my country, Malawi. I do not hesitate to recommend individuals and organisations to attend this course. It's very comprehensive and you will not regret it.
Susan Mwafulirwa, Department of Nutrition,HIV & Aids, Malawi

I returned for more IMA training to learn how to assess the impact of projects. I was still in touch with my M&E course trainer from last year and she recommended I do this course. I like the way IMA organise everything in a very logical way and use the tools we are taught so I can easily apply the knowledge to my work.
Umar Iqtidar, Senior Coordinator MEAL, Save the Children, Pakistan

Meet the Trainer

This course is a unique opportunity to take a step back from day to day work; participants have the time and space to really develop meaningful strategies for how they apply, manage and use evaluation processes.
Silvia Capezzuoli, IMA consultant

Quick Facts

  • Duration:
  • 3 weeks
  • Venue
  • Date
  • Application Deadline
  • Fee
  • Cape Town
  • 10-28 Sep 18
  • 09 Mar 18
  • £4850
  • Tailor-made:
  • Apply for this course online at www.imainternational.com or call us on +44 (0)1273 833030. We also do tailor-made training of your organisation. To find out how this can help your organisation call our team on +44 (0)1273 833030 or complete the training enquiry form at www.imainternational.com.
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