Monitoring & Evaluation

Course overview

During this training participants are introduced to a number of practical tools and learn how to effectively apply them in practice. Monitoring and Evaluation is set within the context of the whole project cycle, and the importance of rigorous project design for effective monitoring and evaluation is emphasised.  As a result of the training participants will recognise good practice in reporting, be able to plan an effective project/programme review, and analyse the politics and culture of monitoring and evaluation in their own organisational context.

Course details

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Course objectives

By the end of the session participants will be able to consolidate understanding of Monitoring, Review and Evaluation and be better able to:

  • Build appropriate M, R and E frameworks into Project/Programme proposals
  • Guide and/or control Project/Programme implementation
  • Review Project/Programme progress
  • Evaluate Project/Programme achievements.


Our courses utilise a variety of methodologies, such as role play, reflective questionnaire, case studies, reflective journal, participatory analysis tools and much more. We design programmes to include a useful mix of hard and soft skills, combining practical tools and tips with brief ‘theoretical’ inputs where relevant.

At CIDT we are great believers in experiential learning. Therefore our courses and workshops are very participatory and active in nature, so be prepared to share your ideas, experiences, problems, challenges and practices with other. We also believe that learning should be fun – so please also bring your sense of humor with you!

Course Content


  • Why set indicators?
  • Indicators in the logframe (OVIs & MOVs)
  • QQTing indicators
  • Making indicators SMART or SPICED?
  • Types of indicators (including milestones)
  • ‘Golden rules’

M&E Frameworks & Reporting

  • Purpose and components of MEFs
  • M&E templates
  • Collection methods, timeframe & frequency
  • Risks, assumptions and actions
  • Reporting against the logframe
  • Rating and scoring project progress

Participatory review

  • Costs/benefits of stakeholder participation
  • Conventional vs. participatory review
  • Participatory tools for consultation
  • Conducting an online survey

Planning a review

  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Setting good ToRs
  • Quality standards

Lesson learning

  • Use of review findings (learning loops)
  • Barriers to uptake of M&E findings
  • The tension between learning and accountability
  • Developing an M&E ‘culture’

What our participants say…

“The trainers knew our context very well and have solid experience on the subject areas.”

“The trainers had a positive attitude, focus and good sense of humour.”

“This course fills the knowledge gap in one of the most important aspects of project management.”

” I enjoyed the group work and the lively exchange of experiences with participants.”

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