Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning
"When just ticking boxes no longer makes sense"
Facilitated by Marianne Brittijn & Dzvinka Kachur
Joburg, 22-26 May 2017
The pressure that organisations working in development and social change face to show ‘results’ often ends up undermining our ability to take a step back and look at our work with a fresh perspective, asking new questions. Does our M&E framework represent what we are really trying to achieve? Are we bringing learning into practice adequately? Are our partners learning and growing with us? Or are we just ‘ticking the boxes’ with a growing sense of unease, losing track of the deeper questions?
This course will assist you in getting the basics right, so that you can comply with the demand for quantitative data, whilst at the same time providing you with a more developmental way of doing M&E that is focused on continuous learning in order to improve future practice and achieve more sustainable impact.
By attending this course, you will gain greater clarity on what good M&E may look like for your organisation and how this could be implemented.
Who is this course for?
This 5-day course attracts a diverse group of practitioners in the public and NGO sector. The course is not intended as a foundations course. It is a course aimed at practitioners with some previous experience in M&E who are keen to design M&E processes that foster learning and those willing to refresh their understanding of processes and politics around M&E.
The course starts with exploring the value of PMEL as an organisational learning process that leads to accountability and improved practice. We will (re)introduce the Logframe and work with identifying output, outcomes and impact and developing indicators. Participants will also gain experience in developing a Theory of Change, which is an alternative M&E framework that focuses more on the non-linearity of change. Skills such as asking good questions, listening, observation and reflective thinking will be taught and practised by using the Action-Learning cycle. Data capturing and analysis, organisational learning and internal/external evaluation are other topics that will be addressed in a practical, hands-on way.
Participants will leave with increased personal knowledge and skill and a clear picture of the next step(s) towards improving PMEL processes that will encourage learning within their own organisations.
This course is participatory, so small group work and peer-learning is an integral part of the process. In order to increase the benefit of the course, organisations are encouraged to register more than one employee, ideally including someone with decision-making power within the organisation.
In order to prepare well for the course, we send participants reading material that they can study in advance.
Course fees for courses in South Africa:
The course fees cover the workshop tuition, learning materials, lunches and teas. Travel, all other meals and accommodation are the responsibility of the participants.
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