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Participatory Rural development Action


With growing emphasis on participatory approaches towards development, there has been recognition that monitoring and evaluation (M&E) should also be participatory. Conventionally, M&E has involved outside experts coming in to measure performance against pre-set indicators, using standardized procedures and tools. In contrast, participatory monitoring and evaluation (PM&E) involves primary stakeholders as active participants and offers new ways of assessing and learning from change that are more inclusive, and reflects the perspectives and aspirations of those most directly affected.

This course is intended to broaden participants’ understanding of participatory monitoring and evaluation (PM&E) as a support to program/project management at different levels and as a tool for strengthening participation, enhancing local capacity, and increasing local people’s confidence and control over development decisions and processes. The course examines PM&E concepts and principles, as well as methods, tools and techniques, which have been tested and used in the field.


5 days


The course is intended for planning, monitoring and evaluation officers, program officers, project managers, research/action research officers, trainer/extension workers, community animators/facilitators and advocacy workers, with at least 2 years direct experience in either planning, implementing or managing monitoring and evaluation activities. Participants are requested 
to bring information materials describing their organizations and monitoring and evaluation activities. English proficiency is a requirement.


Introduction to Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation (PME)

  • What is PME?
  • Aims of Participatory M&E
  • Principles of PME
  • Applicability, advantages and disadvantages of PME

Steps in the development and implementation of PME process

  • Planning the PM&E Process and Determining Objectives and Indicators
  • Gathering Data
  • Analyzing Data
  • Sharing the Information and Defining Actions to Be Taken

Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation Frameworks

  • Logical Framework
  • Strategic Framework

Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation Plans

  • Developing PM&E Plans
  • Mainstreaming PM&E Plans with Project Plans
  • Implementing PM&E Plans Monitoring PM&E Plans

Techniques and Tools for PM&E

  • Participatory Rural Appraisal
  • Beneficiary Assessment
  • Visual self-evaluation tools
  • Testimonials
  • Photographing the evidence
  • Community records and indicators

Participatory Planning and Design

  • Generating objectives for Project planning
  • Developing an action plan for implementation
  • Involving the community in implementation
  • Group dynamics of Participatory Decision making process.

Selecting indicators for Participatory Monitoring & Evaluation

  • Definition of an indicator.
  • Factors to consider in selecting indicators.
  • Types of indicators.
  • Formulation of indicators.

Participatory Action Research (PAR)

  • What is social research?
  • What is Action Research?
  • PAR Tools
  • Research mapping
  • Research Planning

Participatory Baselines

  • The need for Participatory baselines  
  • Tools used for Participatory baseline surveys

Data Analysis for Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Value of involving others in the process
  • Difference between description and interpretation
  • How to increase the trustworthiness of your findings
  • Participatory Information gathering Tools and Methods
  • Qualitative data analysis: The basic steps
  • Using NVivo for qualitative data management and analysis
  • Feedback to Stakeholders
  • Participatory dissemination.

Participatory Impact Assessment

  • What is participatory impact assessment?
  • 8 stages of a Participatory impact assessment
  • Community defined indicators of project impact
  • Participatory Tools and Methods for participatory impact assessment
  • Assessing project attribution
  • Triangulation

Participatory M & E Report writing

  • Communicating the different findings among partners
  • Sharing experiences with others who may be implementing similar projects.
  • Qualities of a good report

GIS & GPS Techniques for mapping in Participatory M&E

  • Introduction to Participatory GIS Software (Quantum GIS)
  • Using Google Maps, Google Earth for participatory mapping   
  • Participatory Mapping of M & E indicators


Participants should be reasonably proficient in English. Applicants must live up to Indepth Research Services (IRES) admission criteria.


The instructor led trainings are delivered using a blended learning approach and comprises of presentations, guided sessions of practical exercise, web based tutorials and group work. Our facilitators are seasoned industry experts with years of experience, working as professional and trainers in these fields.

All facilitation and course materials will be offered in English. The participants should be reasonably proficient in English.


Upon successful completion of this training, participants will be issued with an Indepth Research Services (IRES) certificate.


The training is residential and will be held at IRES Training Centre. The course fee covers the course tuition, training materials, two break refreshments, lunch, and study visits.

All participants will additionally cater for their, travel expenses, visa application, insurance, and other personal expenses.


Accommodation is arranged upon request. For reservations contact the Training Officer.  

Mob: +254 715 077 817

Tel: 020 211 3814


This training can also be customized for your institution upon request to a minimum of 4 participants. You can have it delivered in our training centre or at a convenient location.

For further inquiries, please contact us on Tel: +254 715 077 817, +254 (020) 211 3814 or mail


Payment should be transferred to IRES account through bank on or before C.O.B. 13th November 2017

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Payment for the all courses includes a registration fee, which is non-refundable, and equals 15% of the total sum of the course fee.

1.    Participants may cancel attendance 14 days or more prior to the training commencement date.

2.    No refunds will be made 14 days or less to the training commencement date. However, participants who are unable to attend may opt to attend a similar training at a later date, or send a substitute participant provided the participation criteria have been met.

Please Note: The program content shown here is for guidance purposes only. Our continuous course improvement process may lead to changes in topics and course structure.

Event Properties

Duration 5 Days
Event Date 20-11-2017
Event End Date 24-11-2017
Cut off date 13-11-2017
Individual Price (Kenyan) KES 75,000.00
Individual Price (International) EUR 1,012.00
Individual Price (International) USD 1,100.00
Location Nairobi, Kenya
We are no longer accepting registration for this event

Group Tariffs

Group Size Kenyan Rate Per day (KES) International Rate Per day (USD/EURO)
6-10 95,000.00 $ 1,118.00
€ 1,018.00
11-15 146,250.00 $ 1,721.00
€ 1,567.00
16-20 191,250.00 $ 2,250.00
€ 2,048.00
21-25 230,000.00 $ 2,706.00
€ 2,463.00
26-30 262,500.00 $ 3,089.00
€ 2,811.00
30-50 309,825.00 $ 4,556.00
€ 0.00
3-5 62,500.00 $ 736.00
€ 670.00
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