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Monitoring & Evaluation


Data Management and analysis for M&E in Food Security and Nutrition programmes
15.09.2014 - 19.09.2014
Sportsview Hotel Kasarani - Nairobi
Monitoring & Evaluation



Food security programme is an avenue for support of various agricultural and associated initiatives aimed at enabling the poor to have food at all times and in sufficient quantities. It aims at enhancement of National Food Security and supporting appropriate production and sustenance strategies within communities, as well as building capacities within the same communities to allow for sustainable environmental practices.

The absence of sound M&E processes in large numbers of nutrition and food security projects, despite continued evidence of their value in assessing and improving project performance, suggests that many project planners and managers may not yet have the necessary skills or understanding to develop and operate such systems. This training is designed to help address this need

The purposes of this course are: to link common evaluation questions with appropriate statistical procedures; to offer a strong conceptual grounding in several important statistical procedures; and to describe how to interpret the results from the statistics in ways that are principled and will be persuasive to intended audiences and to equip those working in governments, funding agencies, and research and non-government organisations to understand, critique and make effective use of evidence from quantitative evaluation studies.


The training is designed for participants who are reasonably proficient in English and have an understanding of basic Statistics and M&E.


The class size is limited to 10 participants to ensure that each participants has the opportunity to interact with the facilitator. The training may be cancelled if there are less than five participants.


5 Days


By the end of the training, you will be able to:

  • Understand both random and non-random sampling methods and their use in the M&E  for Food Security and Nutrition Programme Context
  • Establish a baseline and assess your project’s/program’s impact.
  • Understand the various Statistical method for monitoring and impact evaluation
  • Use current data collection technologies such as Social Media analytics and Mobile Data Gathering.
  • Practice designing, implementing, analyzing and reporting on a rapid food security and livelihoods assessment.
  • Understand the various Statistical method for monitoring and impact evaluation in Food Security and Nutrition Programmes
  • Use Data analysis software package (STATA).
  • Understand a general theory of causal inference that covers both random assignment and observational studies, including quasi-experimental and non-experimental studies
  • Identify the assumptions needed to infer causality in evaluations
  • Describe, compare and contrast six, promising alternatives to random assignment studies for inferring causality, including the requirements for implementing these designs, the strengths and weaknesses of each, and examples from evaluations where these designs have been applied.
  • Use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and GPS to gather data, collaborate and share information.
  • Communicate findings to stimulate learning and reflection.


Module One

Key Concepts and Principles

  • Defining key terms in M&E
  • Introduction to result based monitoring
  • Results Chain: inputs, processes, outputs, outcomes and impacts for Food Security projects, programs or strategies
  • Role of partners and stakeholders
  • Identifying indicators for monitoring and evaluation of a food security Programme
  • Relating Monitoring and evaluation to your Food Security project cycle
  • Identifying the challenges facing Monitoring and evaluation professionals
  • Including M&E in Food Security Programme Design

Evaluation Research Designs in Food Security

  • Observational data, quasi-experiments and correlation studies
  • Social experiments, natural experiments and Randomized Control trials
  • Qualitative evaluation designs
  • Evaluation survey design

Module Two

Data Collection, processing and Organization for M&E in Food Security

  • Conceptual issues in M&E data
  • Data types and sources
  • Planning data Collection
  • ICT tool for Data processing
  • Obtaining data from Social media
  • Using Mobile phones for data collection
  • Selecting study elements (Sampling)
  • Program/Project Baselines
  • Designing a baseline

Data Management and Analysis for Monitoring & Evaluation using STATA

  • Comparison of Data analysis packages
  • Basic data quality checks
  • Basic exploratory data analysis procedures
  • Introduction to Quantitative analysis
  • Graphing qualitative data
  • Graphing Quantitative data
  • Performing  common inferential statistical test (t-test,  correlation,  Chi Square, Analysis of variance (ANOVA)
  • Regression analysis and econometrics

Module Three

Evaluation problem

  • Attribution
  • Attribution, selection and placement biases

Quantitative Methods and Analysis for Impact Evaluation

  • Revision of Basic econometrics
  • Differences-in-Differences estimation
  • Regression discontinuity
  • Propensity score matching
  • Fixed effects (within unit variance)
  • Instrument Variable Technique
  • Interrupted time series

Communication and dissemination of evaluation evidence

  • Communication and reporting for M&E
  • Contemporarily methods of disseminating

Module Four

GIS & GPS Techniques in M&E (To be covered if time permits)

  • Introduction to Geographic Information System (GIS)
  • Introduction to GIS Software (Quantum GIS)
  • Mobile GPS Field Work
  • Mapping Food Security Indicators with Quantum GIS
  • Participatory Mapping and collective intelligence (Google Maps, Google Earth)


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 The Sportsview Hotel, Kasarani. Applicants are highly encouraged to stay at the hotel where the training is held. 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


To apply for this course kindly register online in our website before C.O.B.1st September 2014. For more details contact:

The Training Officer - Training and Research Department, Indepth Research Services;  


Mob: +254 715 077 817

Tel: 020 211 3814


Payment should be transferred to IRES account through bank on or before C.O.B 8th September 2014.

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5 Days


Training Fees


KES. 57,375

E. African

USD. 810


USD. 990


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 thecommencement 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.


This scheduled course can also be tailored for your organisation. To find out how our tailor-made training can help your organisation, call our team on

Mob: +254 715 077 817

Tel: 020 211 3814

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.


Sportsview Hotel Kasarani


Situated 12 km north of Nairobi, the "city in the sun", Sportsview hotel has the unique blend of the tranquility of a Country Inn and all the modern amenities of an International City Hotel. Set out in flowery well-manicured spacious gardens, it is an especially enticing venue for business firms and professional organizations who wish to host seminars, workshops, conferences or tour groups seeking to itinerate accommodation with a different but tranquil atmosphere.
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