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Monitoring & Evaluating, Accountability and Learning Course

INTRODUCTION

Monitoring, evaluation, accountability, and learning (MEAL) are part of everyday programme management and are critical to the success of all programmes. MEAL technical quality is very important across a portfolio of projects. Without an effective MEAL system, we would be unable to track progress, make adjustments, discover unplanned effects of programmes, or judge the impact that we have made on the lives of those with whom we are working. A MEAL system also helps individuals and teams to be accountable to stakeholders through information sharing and developing complaints or feedback mechanism which can help to guide programme implementation. This training introduces participants to MEAL concepts and practices.  It will stimulate ideas on how to design and implement monitoring and evaluation processes that strengthen accountability and learning, and so promote project, programme and strategy effectiveness.

DURATION

 10 days.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

This is a general training targeting a variety of programme staff, management team members and thematic staff, Project Management Officials, government officials, programme managers; policymakers and programme implementers; development practitioners and activists and NGO and CSO members.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

The training will enable participants to;

  • Develop an understanding of the basic principles underlying MEAL
  • Design and implement MEAL strategies, systems, and frameworks
  • Develop and support the use of MEAL tools and practices in program development
  • Supporting the development of MEAL workpieces such as program baselines, mid-term reviews and end lines
  • Equip participants with an understanding of the major tools and best practices involved in MEAL
  • Provide participants effective rules of thumb and a framework to approach methodological issues in MEAL
  • Collect data, ensure data quality management and analyses the data
  • Understand project reporting by using MEAL

TOPICS TO BE COVERED

  1. Introduction Monitoring & Evaluation
  • M&E and the project/programme cycle
  • Importance of M&E
  • Purposes and uses of M&E
  • Identifying gaps in M&E
  • Barriers to effective M&E
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning (MEAL) overview
  • Introduction to MEAL
  • MEAL Components
  • Purposes and functions of MEAL
  • MEAL approach
  • How MEAL changes M&E
  • Challenges to MEAL
  1. Frameworks and MEAL Cycle
  • Frameworks and approaches informing MEAL
  • The language used in MEAL
  • The MEAL cycle
  • Exploring key elements of a MEAL plan
  • Defining indicators
  • Designing, implementation, and management of a MEAL framework
  1. MEAL Planning and Budgeting
  • MEAL planning
    • Planning and budgeting of MEAL
    • Planning and Budgeting relationship.
    • Tools for planned monitoring and evaluation activities
    • How do I get started? - Practicals and application
      • Identifying project/programme goals.
      • Identifying project/programme indicators and targets.
      • Selecting data collection methods and data sources for prioritized indicators in your MEAL plan
      • Decide upon your data analysis, quality assurance/validation, and management strategy.
      • Identify your strategy for reporting and disseminating data.
    • MEAL Budgeting
      • Activities based MEAL budgeting
      • Components of the Budget
      • Exercise: MEAL Plan and corresponding budget
  1. Accountability and Learning
  • Meaning of accountability mean in practice
  • Aspects of accountability.
  • Importance of Accountability
  • Information sharing
  • Participation
  • Handling Complaints
  • Learning and its role
  • Exercise: Incorporating Accountability and Learning in Projects
  1. Baseline and evaluation design and management
  • The purpose and use of baselines and evaluations
  • Purpose and use of needs assessments, situation analysis,
  • Baselines, evaluations and real-time reviews
  • Importance of baseline for monitoring and evaluation
  • Steps in planning and undertaking baselines and evaluations
  1. Survey Planning and Implementation Types of surveys
  • The survey design and process
  • Methods of survey sampling and determining the Sample size
  • Data collection techniques and tools
  • Designing survey questionnaires
  • Pretesting research tools for Validity and Reliability
  • Conducting the survey
  • After the survey
  • Exercise: Planning for a survey
  1. MEAL Data Collection: Mobile Based Data Collection (ODK)
  • Introduction to mobile phone data collection
  • Advantages and challenges of Mobile Applications
  • Components of Open Data Kit (ODK)
  • Install ODK Collect into mobile devices
  • Designing and creating Forms
  • ODK Aggregate Server
  • Exercise: Mobile Based Data Collection using ODK
  1. Data Quality Management, Tabulation and graphical presentation of data (SPSS/Stata/R)
  • Data Quality Management
    • Types of variables (Numerical, discrete variables, dummy variables,
    • Entering categorical and continuous data
    • Defining and labeling variables
    • Validation and Sorting variables
    • Transforming, recording and computing variables
  • Tabulation and graphical presentation of data
    • Descriptive Statistics
    • Frequency Tables
    • Tables for categorical data
    • Graphs and charts
    • Exercise: Data Management, Graphing, and Tabulations
  1. Data analysis and interpretation and use (SPSS/Stata/R)
  • Hypothesis testing
  • Comparing Means.
  • Regression and Correlation analysis
  • Interpreting the data
  • Introduction to analyzing qualitative data and qualitative data analysis software
  • Exercise: Data Analysis and interpretation
  1. Project reporting through MEAL
  • Use of MEAL data in Reporting
  • Communication activities to partners and stakeholders
  • Lessons learned
  • Decisions making
  • Recap

REQUIREMENTS

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

METHODOLOGY

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.

ACCREDITATION

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

TRAINING VENUE

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

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

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TAILOR- MADE

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.

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PAYMENT

Payment should be transferred to IRES account through bank on or before C.O.B 10th August 2020.

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CANCELLATION POLICY

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

Event Duration 10 Days
Event Date 17-08-2020
Event End Date 28-08-2020
Cut off date 10-08-2020
Individual Price(Kenyan) KES 139,000
Individual Price (International) EUR 1,592
Individual Price(International in Dollars) USD 1,853
Location Nairobi, Kenya
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