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Certificate in Applied Evaluation

From Monitoring & Evaluation to Theory of Change & Strategic Planning

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Duration: 3 weeks

Application Deadline
Cape Town
16 Sep 19-04 Oct 19
16 Aug 19
11-29 Nov 19
11 Oct 19

Please note if your sponsor is registered in the UK, VAT will be added to this course fee at 20%. Which is reclaimable for all registered charities.

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.

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.

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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

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Daily Course Objectives

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.
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