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Designing and Implementing Monitoring & Evaluating Systems

Project Management
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Learn more about designing and implementing monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems.

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While many people may have already been trained in generic concepts of RBM and M&E systems, applying the theory in practical ways is often a challenge. Many staff also struggle with the very real problem of how to transform the several sheets of paper that contain a programme’s results framework and indicators into a well-functioning system of data collection, analysis, interpretation, reporting and learning.

Systematic and robust monitoring and evaluation depends on coherent programme design. Programmes which are coherent are those which have sound internal logic. It also articulates what changes the programme intends to achieve and how it expects to do so. Sound M&E systems are critical for helping organizations understand to what extent they have achieved what they intended to achieve.

Specifically, the course will explore some of the foundations for designing and implementing robust monitoring and evaluation systems. This includes the ten steps of establishing a monitoring and evaluation system, including the approach of results-based management. It will also explore topics such as defining results, developing and selecting key performance indicators, how to collect data and information, grouping indicators and developing output monitoring tools.

Having completed this course learners will be able to:


  • Describe the guiding principles of sound monitoring and evaluation systems;
  • Describe how to use Results Based Management to develop robust monitoring and evaluation systems;
  • Describe how to strengthen monitoring and evaluation systems in our units.

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