Monitoring and Evaluation Blended learning - October-December 2014

DatesMon 13 October 2014 - Thu 16 October 2014
  • INTRAC training
Cost850.00 - £GBP
VenueDelivered remotely using webinar and Skype

This programme is delivered remotely via webinar and Skype and has three parts.

13-16 October 2014 (part one); week of 10 November 2014 (part two); and 2 December 2014 (part three)

Do you need to build effective monitoring and evaluation into project and programme work for both accountability and learning? This programme will strengthen your skills in supporting the monitoring and evaluation of projects and programmes from programme design through to evaluation.

M&E is an essential component of international NGOs, NGOs and civil society organisations striving to continually improve their work and have greater accountability. Given the high demand in the sector, this foundation programme is designed to develop you understand what M&E entails, why it is so vital, and how to do it well and in a participatory way. This programme ensures that those who are new to M&E have a thorough understanding of M&E concepts and have built up the practical skills and the confidence needed to do M&E effectively. You will learn to use a range of M&E tools and activities that will help you improve accountability, learning and effectiveness of projects and programmes.

Objectives of the programme

At the end of the programme, participants will be able to:

  • Define the main terms and concepts associated with the processes of monitoring and evaluating projects and programmes
  • Articulate the key pur poses of effective M&E and be able to prioritise according to the context
  • Select and use a range of M&E tools with confidence
  • Apply results of M&E processes to both accountability and organisational learning and explore some of the challenges that can arise from these processes.
  • Reflect on your own role in bringing about improved M&E in your projects and your organisation.

Intended audience

This programme is a foundation level for those who are new to M&E. Consultants working within the sector who have little or no M&E experience often attend these courses as do those managing staff responsible for M&E. If you have some experience of M&E, the advanced Open Training course may be more appropriate for you. The programme will be suitable to those based both in the UK and overseas within suitable time zones.*

What does capacity building through ‘blended learning’ involve?

INTRAC’s innovative blended learning programmes are an effective and cost efficient way to build staff and partner capacity. They combine training delivered remotely by a highly experienced trainer, with one to one coaching to support attendees as they apply the learning to their current work and context. Participants also have time to work through resources independently and choose the optional modules that are most relevant to them. The programme is delivered through the innovative use of web conferencing technology (webinar), skype and INTRAC’s learning platform (moodle).The structure of the programme allows individual’s needs to be addressed while they balance their work commitments. The programmes are delivered over eight weeks, and each programme has three parts:

Part One: Trainer-led and self-directed, 13-16 October 2014

In week 1, participants 'remotely' attend four days of training including three hours of trainer-delivered content (via webinar) per day, and three hours of self-directed and peer learning. Participants then devise action plans for incorporating learning into their work.

Part Two: One-to-one coaching, week of 10 November 2014

In week 5, participants have a 50 minute one-to-one coaching session (via phone or skype) with the trainer. This time is tailored to the needs of each participant. Examples of use of the coaching time include

  • Reviewing learning and considering how to integrate it into current work
  • Having contextual or issue-specific support
  • Getting advice on developing an M&E strategy.

Part Three: Trainer-led, 2 December 2014

In week 8, participants attend a final three-hour webinar to consolidate learning, share their reflections on the challenges or successes of applying learning to the workplace, cover any outstanding learning needs, and discuss action plans.

What are the costs and the benefits?

The cost is £850. This represents a significant saving compared to a standard UK open training course, including no extra cost of travel, accommodation or subsistence. It also reduces environmental impacts associated with overseas travel. Participants can attend the programme from around the world and benefit from engaging video, audio and ‘chat’ function with a highly experienced international trainer and international group of participants who work for civil society organisations. The programme is supported by a learning platform where participants can access a range of resources, share learning and network. The coaching element ensures that individual’s specific needs are addressed and learning can be applied to actual work.

Core content areas

  • Definitions used in M&E
  • Purpose of doing M&E
  • How it fits into the project cycle
  • Hierarchy of objectives (including log framing)
  • Developing Indicators
  • Approaches and methods to M&E
  • How to select and use various methods and tools for data collection
  • Basic skills required for effective M&E
  • Drawing up a terms of reference
  • Effective and purposeful reporting
  • Ensuring M&E leads to organisational learning

*Exact timings of the Blended Learning trainer led modules will depend on the location of the participants and the spread of time zones the programme will cover.

Download an application form and return completed forms to or call +44 (0)1865 263040 with any questions.

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