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Monitoring and evaluation are essential components of any project or programme. This monitoring and evaluation course is participatory and proactive. It is designed to improve the quality and the effectiveness of humanitarian and development programmes and practices. 

This course provides both quantitative indicator-based systems for Monitoring for efficiency at activities and outputs/results levels and qualitative Monitoring for effectiveness at purpose/outcome and goal/impact levels. This course aims to develop the knowledge and skills required to monitor and evaluate interventions in humanitarian and development contexts efficiently and effectively. Through participatory methods, this course aims to impart a solid understanding of appropriate monitoring and evaluation systems and tools as well as the practical application on the ground.

Systematic monitoring and evaluation of humanitarian and development projects and programmes enable the practitioners to improve your projects/ programmes, achieve their objectives and to be accountable, learn for the improvement of future projects and programmes as well as the organizations. 

Course Objectives- what you will achieve  

By the end of the course participants will be able to: 

  • Define the key terminologies used in M &E such as monitoring and evaluation, monitoring systems/plans, monitoring for efficiency, monitoring for effectiveness, impact assessment and Theory of change (TOC) as well as their relationships.
  • Explain the purpose of monitoring and evaluation and their differences.
  • Design and develop participatory M&E systems/plans and identify the key elements of the monitoring systems
  • Identify the roles and responsibilities of the team in monitoring systems and ask key monitoring questions 
  • Identify the resources required for successful and simple monitoring systems.
  • Review the monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) systems and practices, identify the gaps and build the capacity of the programme team to effectively carry out monitoring and evaluation systems. 
  • Analyze data & identify gaps (and deviations from plan) Suggest appropriate actions based on identified gaps
  • Evaluate programmes to check if the outcomes and goals are being met
  • Explain the evaluation process, identify the key elements of evaluation and carry out end of project evaluations. 
  • Adept and have the skills and confidence to monitor all types of humanitarian and development programmes and projects.

Course Participants-Who should attend?

This course is aimed specifically at:

  • Project and programme officers, managers, coordinators, M&E officers and managers, and who are engaged in project/programme monitoring and evaluation directly and indirectly and who would like to further enhance their capacity to monitor and evaluate efficiently and effectively.
  • Consultants who are involved or are planning to build the capacity of the NGO staff in monitoring and evaluations.
  • Decision-makers having oversight of the monitoring systems and who would like to gain reliable monitoring information to make quick and prudent decisions.

Course methods and Course Audio-visual Aids

Throughout the training days, participatory training methods will be employed for this interactive course. Brainstorming, group exercises and focused discussion, case studies will be continuously used. Sharing ideas and experiences are also highly encouraged. Presentational approaches are sometimes used to impart relevant theories and information including frameworks. Audiovisual aids such as over head projectors, videos and films can be used where necessary to show practical cases of conducting needs assessment in different contexts.

These methods will provide participants with the skills and confidence to plan and conduct appropriate and timely needs assessments and to write comprehensive needs assessment reports.

Course highlights/ what course will cover 


  • Terminologies in monitoring and evaluations 
  • Purpose of monitoring
  • Log-frames and hierarchy of objectives (activities, outputs/results, purpose/outcomes and goals/impacts and their relationships with monitoring and evaluation 
  • Monitoring systems/plans 
  • How to collect and analyse data? 
  • How to learn from monitoring in organisations?
  • Who needs M&E information? Who makes decisions and who is referred to ?
  • Monitoring tools and techniques
  • Roles and responsibilities in M & E 
  • Resources required in M&E systems 
  • How to make a Monitoring Plan?
  • How to use Outcome Mapping to monitor qualitative changes?
  • How to monitor risks and organisations? 
  • Field visit /real-life case 
  • How to capture monitoring areas in Key Performance Indicators?
  • How to deliver information to key stakeholders?
  • Personal coaching


  • What are the main steps in an evaluation process?
  • How to involve stakeholders to ensure learning from evaluation?
  • How to make/use a ToR for an evaluation?
  • How to use Most Significant Change for evaluation?
  • How to use Appreciative Inquiry for evaluation?
  • How to make evaluation questions for each DAC criterion?
  • How to prepare for and learn from Impact Evaluations?
  • How to learn from evaluation reports?
  • Field visit /real-life case
  • Personal coaching

What does the course cover?

  • Monitoring programme activities
  • Plan required interventions
  • Evaluate programme impact
  • Using appropriate tools and methods
  • Designing M&E plans


  • English

Duration of the course

  • 4 full days 

Venue and location

  • Nairobi, Hargeisa, and Mogadishu. Details of specific venues will be provided later