Monitoring and Evaluation for
complex social change
How to make sense and learn together in the midst of chaos
Facilitated by Sue Soal, Marianne Brittijn & Dzvinka Kachur
“If you cannot predict what is coming, you have to be continuously learning in order to understand what happened… and what is continuously happening… The focus of attention must, of necessity, shift from the products and events to the underlying processes that give rise to these products and events… It is in understanding these better that we become more adept at navigating complexity, even if we can never predict or determine with complete certainty what can, or should happen next.” Sue Soal, CDRA
Complex social change demands attention and skills that are not easy to come by in the rough and tumble of organisational life. The speed at which the work happens can justify our inability to come to grips with the new mindset, approach and skills needed to navigate the less tangible, nuanced and seemingly out of control elements at play in our world. M&E is not a choice between accountability or learning, both are necessary functions of participatory M&E system and required to navigate the landscape when dealing with complex social change. The course will explore how to ensure participatory learning-oriented M&E and critique the value of fresh approaches such as theory-led evaluation, realist evaluation, developmental evaluation, outcome mapping and co-adaptive monitoring. Additionally, participants will be introduced to the way new technologies (such as mobile phones, GPS and big data) could be integrated in an organisation’s M&E system.
Who is this course for?
The Course Approach
This course has a participatory character. Participants will discuss and critique different approaches to monitoring and evaluation and the value they bring to their own practice. They will work with case studies that are introduced by the facilitators, as well as their own real-life scenarios. Small group work and peer-learning is an integral part of the course. Participants will receive a course manual with additional readings that correspond to topics covered in the course.
Dates and Application
This course is not being offered as a public course.
Inhouse Monitoring and Evaluation
The course fees cover the workshop tuition, learning materials, lunches and teas. Travel, all other meals and accommodation are the responsibility of the participants.
Venues and accommodation
The courses are held in or near to inexpensive accommodation. Participants will have to book and pay for this themselves. Please email us if you would like contact information.
The courses in Cape Town will be held at the CDRA Centre, 52/54 Francis Street, Woodstock.
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