(Note: this course was formerly named “Monitoring and Evaluation”.)
Tailored specifically to the needs of busy development project staff, this distance education course in Results Based Monitoring and Evaluation aims to empower you:
- To understand and apply international “best practice” standards when planning development projects
- To learn why monitoring is key to the successful implementation and management of development projects
- To know how to create your own Monitoring Plan
- To understand the differences between participatory and conventional approaches to monitoring and evaluation and how to combine the best of both methodologies
- To draw up clear, well-focused Terms of Reference for Evaluations
- To know how to carry out a project or programme evaluation effectively
- To write professional, useful Evaluation Reports
Unit 1 – Monitoring in Perspective outlines why monitoring is so key to the successful management of development projects and programmes and how it is different than evaluation. It points out that monitoring is an on-going process of reflection, which tends to be neglected by development workers. The unit highlights the costs of waiting until a project is over for such reflection, and provides some illustrative case studies as well as examples of best practice.
Unit 2 – Monitoring in Practice provides step-by-step guidance on how to develop a Project Monitoring Plan from a Results Framework. It introduces the concept of the Results Framework and defines key related terminology. The unit also examines the differences between participatory and conventional (systematic) approaches to project monitoring and explores future possibilities for bringing the best of both methods together.
Unit 3 – Evaluation in Perspective provides thorough definitions of the different forms of project and program evaluation. It also explains why evaluation is an important and necessary part of project planning and implementation. It gives an outline of the evaluation criteria commonly used by the European Union (EU) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), as well as an overview of best practice for conducting evaluations – both for the evaluators and for those being evaluated.
Unit 4 – Evaluation in Practice provides step-by-step guidance on how to conduct an evaluation. It gives details of how to develop the Terms of Reference (ToR), how to formulate a Work Plan, and how to compile a clear and useful Evaluation Report. It also gives practical tips on choosing external consultants and evaluation teams.
After studying the material for each unit, students are expected to test their own learning by completing some relevant exercises and comparing their answers to those provided.
Students are expected to participate in at least two discussion forums throughout the course. However, students are encouraged to participate actively in as many forum discussions as possible. Course participants are an important resource and support during the learning journey. Creating a sense of community with class mates makes the experience more personable and leads to more vibrant and engaged conversations in the weekly discussion forum.
In order to demonstrate understanding of the course content, students will be required to submit two assignments, the first on ‘Monitoring’, and the second on ‘Evaluation’.
Each KODE course is accompanied by a Toolbox which contains exercises, further reading, examples, templates, and/or tools for practical application, and signposting to further supports. Students are strongly encouraged to review the toolbox and make use of the tools and supports available to enhance the learning experience and the practical application of new knowledge and skills in the students’ field of work.
Apply online now. The deadline for applications is 08/10/2016.
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