Technical Assistance

CIDT has many years of experience providing specialised advice and technical support to a range of stakeholders, including targeted technical assistance, facilitation, coaching, and mentoring. CIDT can provide advisory services in a number of ways, including virtually, face-to-face or through web-based platforms.

Technical assistance

Our work involves development, review or revision of:

  • Organisational policies and procedures, strategic plans, and strategies;
  • National strategies, plans, and programmes;
  • Project/Programme proposals – including review and scoring of grant applications;
  • Theories of Change, results frameworks and logic models (LogFrames);
  • Monitoring and evaluation plans and Performance Management Plans;
  • Knowledge Management and Management Information Systems; and
  • Staff Appraisal and Accountability Systems, and job descriptions.

Advisory services

CIDT can provide advisory services in a number of ways, depending on your needs: 1) virtually by phone, Skype, and email; 2) face-to-face; or 3) through web-based platforms. Our handbooks also offer added value: Coaching for Development; and Preparing Terms of Reference for Development.

More specifically, regarding Monitoring, Evaluation and Lesson Learning (MEL), CIDT has the proven ability to:

  • Review, critique and make recommendations for improvements to draft LogFrames and Theories of Change.
  • Establish M&E systems, including development of SMART indicators, identification of feasible means of verification (MoV), and creation of data collection analysis and reporting tools.
  • Support routine monitoring and reporting, including data processing, data analysis and data use for informed decision making and adjusted programming.
  • Conduct desk-based reviews and facilitate participatory consultation processes.
  • Undertake partnership or beneficiary assessments and organisational appraisals.
  • Design and implement baseline evaluations, mid-term reviews and ex ante evaluations of projects or programmes.
  • Manage complex multi-country evaluations for multi-/bi-lateral agencies and inter/intra-governmental bodies in a range of settings, including providing multi-lingual teams of specialised evaluators.
  • Facilitate project, programme or organisational experience-sharing and lesson learning.
  • Document findings best practices and lessons learnt from monitoring, review and evaluation (MRE) exercises.

Evaluations, reviews and assessments

CIDT has an outstanding record of:

  • Desk-based reviews, stakeholder consultations , partnership or beneficiary assessments and organisational appraisals;
  • Baseline evaluations, mid-term reviews and ex ante evaluations of projects or programmes.
  • Complex multi-country evaluations for multi-/bi-lateral agencies and inter/intra-governmental bodies in a range of settings, including providing multi-lingual teams of specialised evaluators.
  • Establishing M&E systems and creation of data collection analysis and reporting tools.
  • Data processing, data analysis and data use for informed decision making and adjusted programming.
  • Facilitation of project, programme or organisational experience-sharing and lesson learning.
  • Documentation of best practices and lessons learnt from monitoring, review and evaluation exercises.

Facilitation of participatory workshops and other processes

CIDT offers facilitation of workshops and other types of participatory analysis or planning processes that culminate in a ‘real’ product or bring groups together for decision-making, planning, advocacy, experience-sharing, organisational learning, project/programme lesson-learning, etc.