Development programmes and projects are implemented in a Results-Based Management (RBM) accountability framework. Their managers must be able to demonstrate the achievement of measurable and sustainable changes to a currently undesirable situation, which is usually context- and country-specific and therefore unique. The design of development programmes and projects is therefore preceded by extensive participatory planning in order to set achievable and realistic outcomes and outputs for their implementation stage. Systematically monitoring and evaluating projects against these indicators and targets increases the likelihood that the expected results and sustainable change will be achieved. Projects are implemented in a constantly evolving environment, which means that managers need to be able to cope with uncertainty and adapt. Monitoring the progress and changing environment of a project is critical to ensuring that a project, once started, continues to proceed in the right direction. Collecting and analysing data on project progress is indispensable for reporting accurate information to decision-makers, thereby making it more likely that appropriate decisions and corrective actions will be taken, when needed, to keep the project on track. The uniqueness of each project's context and strategy requires an on-going learning effort on the part of managers. Project evaluations help managers to identify gaps, note successes and learn lessons that could improve the way future interventions are designed and implemented. Development projects are commonly financed from public funds, making donors and managers accountable to tax-payers and beneficiaries. Assessing the "value for money" of development assistance is a function that monitoring and evaluation systems should incorporate. Evaluating projects' relevance, impact, effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability is necessary to maximize learning, improve project management processes and demonstrate to partners that they provide value for money. Today, managers implementing development projects and programmes must understand the realities and requirements of monitoring and evaluation and be equipped with the management tools and techniques necessary to establish and operate an effective project monitoring and evaluation system. This training course aims to provide managers with the skills they need to face these challenges.
This workshop is intended for monitoring and evaluation specialists, project coordinators, programme managers, independent evaluators, donor staff appraising and evaluating projects and programmes, and NGO officials involved in monitoring and evaluating projects and programmes. The workshop is designed to cover the realities in a number of sectors and addresses managers of both "hard" and "soft" projects. Participants should be fluent in English.