Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning
"Learning To Stay Alive To Change"
Harare, Zimbabwe 13-17 May 2019
Jo’burg, South Africa 3-7 Jun 2019
Nairobi, Kenya 15-19 Jul 2019
Cape Town, South Africa 14-18 Oct 2019
Facilitated by Marianne Brittijn & Dzvinka Kachur
Monitoring and evaluation, when done well, can assist organisations in improving their practice and effectiveness. But often, M&E is set up to fail, unintentionally. As we become more technically sophisticated at capturing lots of data, we can easily lose sight of what really matters. The pressure to show ‘results’ ends up undermining our ability to take a step back and look at our work with a fresh perspective, asking new and better questions. Does our PM&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? If you find yourself asking these and similar questions, than this course is for you.
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 PM&E that is focused on continuous reflection and learning in order to improve future practice and achieve more sustainable impact. By attending this course, you will gain greater clarity on what learning-oriented PMEL may look like for your organisation and how this could be implemented.
At the end of the 5-day course, participants will have:
Who is this course for?
This 5-day course attracts a diverse group of practitioners in the public and NGO sector. Practitioners linked to institutions of higher learning and independent consultants have also found the course valuable. It is a course aimed at practitioners with some previous experience in M&E or for people with experience in social development processes who are keen to design M&E processes that foster learning and those wanting to refresh their understanding of PMEL processes, politics and practice.
The course is intentionally created as a space where participants are challenged and encouraged to reflect deeply on their personal and organisational PMEL practice and how this can be improved. The course starts with exploring the value of PMEL as an organisational learning process. We will (re)introduce basic M&E terminology: output, outcomes and impact as well as work on developing indicators. Participants will gain experience in developing a Theory of Change and understand the difference between a Logframe and a Theory of Change. The work on Theory of Change is done based on case studies grounded in participants’ organisational realities. Data capturing and analysis, organisational learning and evaluation are other topics that will be addressed combining theory and practice. In addition, skills such as asking good questions, listening, observation and reflective thinking will be practiced by using the Action-Learning cycle. Participants will leave with increased personal knowledge and skills and a clearer picture of the next step(s) towards improving PM&E 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. Good space to reflect on participants’ own organisational PMEL practice is provided, as well as opportunities to share “real world” challenges and possible ways forward between peers. 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 (e.g. director, programme manager or M&E coordinator), so that lessons learned can be more easily implemented "back home". In order to prepare well for the course, we send participants reading material that they can study in advance. The course fee also includes 1 hard copy of a course reader.
The course fees for Kenya and Zimbabwe are USD 800.
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. Participants are granted a Certificate of Attendance upon successful completion of the course.
The course in Cape Town is normally run at the CDRA (52-54 Francis Street, Woodstock, Cape Town). The courses in Jo'burg and Durban will take place at venues that also offer affordable accommodation for those who need it. We will confirm the venues asap.
Feedback from previous participants
“The participatory delivery of the course was really amazing. This was one of the best courses I have ever attended.”
“The way the course was put together is brilliant.”
“I feel like I have a fuller understanding of the entire process and a much better understanding of my organisation as a whole. I see areas for improvement in our interventions and how to measure them.”
“Deep listening by facilitators allowed participants’ questions and experiences to be woven into the learning. In this way immediate relevance could be felt of the issues discussed. The mixed methods used helped diffuse a bit of the intensity of the course, as much deep learning took place over a very short period of time. The fun elements helped my brain to ‘work’ and the non-judgmental, non-intimidating space was great too. Having the main readings in one manual was excellent. I could go on…!”
“Fantastic course. Experienced facilitators. I feel more confident about implementing and teaching others about M&E. I also understand much more about learning organisations and how to achieve this, where other courses have just brushed over this.”
“The reflective aspect of the course works well. This allowed me to leave each day with some very strong ideas, themes and information that I picked up during the day. I learned skills that will have a direct positive impact on my organisation’s PMEL approach, systems and practice.”
“Overall I think the course is an eye-opener, both to new learners and those who are refreshing.”
Registration & queries
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