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Advanced Monitoring & Evaluation Master Class

Course Overview

 The current recession is forcing many organisations both in business and government to look critically at how to spend their money. What value are being generated from the efforts put into the various programmes and projects. Good governance demands that organisations account for organisational performance through results based management processes and procedures.Careful tracking and evaluation of the outcomes and impacts of our projects and programmes is essential for strategic evidence based policy remediation and formulation.

 In the international arena, there has been a broad shift over the past two decades towards toward evidence-based decision making in government.There is a wealth of information associated with measuring and tracking the progress of developmental progress across the globe (World Bank Development Indicators, UNCHS, Global Observatory etc). 

The management process makes use of a set of closely integrated professional support functions such as: Strategic planning, Policy management, Legal review, Financial planning, Programme and project management, Performance management, Monitoring and evaluation. All of these functions are important in the pursuit of results.The results based approach to monitoring and evaluation differs in significant ways from the more traditional public sector management approach. In the older approach the emphasis was on whether budget was spent on a programme or policy together with a monitoring of inputs used and outputs achieved. 

The results based management approach, while not discounting the tracking of inputs and outputs insists on evaluating the outcomes and impacts of policies on communities, the environment and value for money. Results based approaches typically ask higher order questions and try to address the “so what?” E.G question 1,000 Low income houses were completed within 180 days – so what ? What quality standards were adhered to and what value did they add to the community? 

Course Objectives

 After completion of this course participants should be able to : 

=>Deepened their understanding of monitoring and evaluation and how these processes integrate with strategic management, project management, policy formulation and implementation 

=>Apply the relevant tools encapsulated in the Government-wide M&E framework and relevant related guidelines, 

=> Apply advanced competencies to set up a functional M&E framework for their departments/ business unitslearnt how to draft effective indicators and targets

 =>Develop and structure clear reporting processes that offer evidence for management decision- making 

=> Develop competency to collect, analyse and present M&E findings for different audiences 

=>Understand how to link M&E findings to policy development processes in your sector

 Who should attend 

This course is ideal for staff involved in the design, execution and coordination of projects and programmes. Previous participants have come from diverse backgrounds including but not limited to government departments, bi- and multi-lateral organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations, private sector, Civic Society and Faith Based Organizations. Some of the participants have been: Programme Managers Project Managers, Project/Programme Officers . 

 

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