Online course to bring Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning capabilities to Transparency International staffContinue Reading
In 2019 CIDT was commissioned to create an elearning course in Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) by Transparency International (TI), a global organisation combatting corruption. The course, which has been implemented in English, French and Spanish, will be taken by TI staff working on projects in over 100 countries to standardise their approach and improve practices around MEL.
Whilst monitoring and evaluation is not everyone’s favourite topic, it is a crucial practice for being able to plan, track and report on activities. Lessons learned can be pulled into future projects making them more effective and efficient in terms of reaching the project goals, as well as being able to better utilise finances.
This is especially important in an organisation such as TI whose teams of 1800 staff, advocacy and project managers have varying levels of experience and specialisms and work on projects in a wide range of sectors. The challenge of unifying the approach to MEL, and also the challenge of delivering that information, is a great match for online learning.
CIDT has created online learning for several organisations, as well as developing our own online training in Results-Based Management. Our approach to elearning, much like our approach to face to face training, is participatory. Learning content is interactive. In the MEL course for TI, participants can progress at their own pace and have many opportunities to interact with the information, rather than simply reading or watching. Each module contains sections for them to reflect on how MEL applies to their work specifically.
The course breaks down the content of MEL into five modules with specific focuses, from frameworks and indicators to data analysis and evaluation. It is demonstrated how MEL works around the full cycle of a project and how it can account for diversity and gender issues. Course participants will learn the major techniques for monitoring and evaluation, such as Logical Framework Analysis and Theory of Change, whilst also seeing how these are relevant to anti-corruption work and specific models used by TI, such as their Impact Matrix. Through the accompanying resource library, they also have downloadable resources for further information in key areas, as well as a custom templates for use in their work.
Ms Dilara Mehrab Arif, the MEL Coordinator said:
“Developing the MEL E-learning course with CIDT was a very pleasing experience. The team was highly skilled, very cooperative, sincere and adaptive to various circumstances. The team analysed all the existing materials, filled in necessary information to enrich the course and ensured that the e-learning course is enjoyable.”
E-learning has become a very effective way for organisations to train dispersed teams, as well as for individuals to pursue their own professional development in a cost-effective way. CIDT’s extensive face-to-face training experience in a wide range of international development sectors has helped us to create very highly rated courses for our own learners, as well as for the staff of our clients, including organisations such as the Commonwealth Secretariat, the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) and the NDC Partnership.
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Just before most of the world’s population was put under lockdown due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, CIDT’s Rufsana Begum and Richard Nyirenda facilitated a 3-day training workshop on Effective Communication for the African Union Commission (AUC) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 26-28 February 2020.
The workshop was driven as part of institutional reform in the African Union (AU) positioning itself as a global player, capable of delivering Agenda 2063, the continent’s strategic framework to bring about inclusive and sustainable development. The AUC understands the need to invest in men and women, giving them the communication and interpersonal skills needed to deliver positive and persuasive oral communications.
The workforce require the necessary skills to communicate with impact and diplomacy, in ways that strengthen their professional relationships. This means being equipped with the awareness, confidence and energy to communicate verbally and non-verbally.
CIDT has been instrumental in strengthening internal capacity for the delivery of the AU’s Agenda 2063, through the development and provision of tailored capacity strengthening workshops. This latest workshop bought together 17 participants from various roles and departments within the AU headquarters. Some positive participant feedback included:
“The presentations conducted were more of practical in nature and that helped us learn by doing… mostly I like how you include real life examples… how something that we don’t consider important [such as body language] actually affects the whole communication.”
The African Union (AU) is a continental body consisting of the 55 member states that make up the countries of the African Continent. The vision of the African Union is for “An Integrated, Prosperous and Peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena.” This vision is being driven by the Agenda 2063 blueprint and master plan for transforming Africa into the global powerhouse of the future. Agenda 2063 is a concrete manifestation of the pan-African drive for unity, self-determination, freedom, progress and collective prosperity pursued under Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance.
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In January and February 2020, CIDT staff and associates conducted the first annual survey for the Somaliland Development Fund Phase 2 programme. This has included research design, developing survey materials, conducting enumerator and researcher training of local staff and providing logistical support for survey implementation. The project moves into the analysis and reporting stage in March 2020 when data from 6 regions will be synthesised and analysed for emerging trends.
With no current national census data in Somaliland, the survey represents a national socio-economic and livelihoods dataset for the Government of Somaliland and other stakeholders.
Over an eight week period 78 people – forming five qualitative research teams, twelve teams of quantitative enumerators and five vehicle count teams- were trained and deployed to six regions in Somaliland to conduct quantitative questionnaires and collect qualitative information on socio-economic, environmental, infrastructure and delivery service impacts on daily lives.
The scope of the survey is national, targeting Somaliland citizens at household level, consumers and producers from urban, rural and nomadic areas (the three main settings of the SDF project) and the project focus areas of roads, water and productive livelihoods (fisheries, livestock and agriculture).
The first annual project survey collected baseline qualitative and quantitative data for selected indicators in the SDF programme results framework; findings will be used to update targets, milestones and assumptions for future programming and provide further evidence to substantiate the SDF theory of change.
The design of the survey is quasi-longitudinal with a cohort of households selected at baseline, and GPS coordinates are recorded in order that these households may be tracked every year to estimate the causal impact of the SDF intervention on the target population over the course of the phase two programme life (2018-2022).
The Somaliland Development Fund was established to provide a single vehicle through which development partners could support Somaliland’s development goals.
Phase 2 of implementation focuses on inclusive economic development: supporting the Government of Somaliland in delivering sustainable infrastructure that encourages job creation and fast growth, while laying the foundations for long-term resilience and development for a more stable and peaceful Somaliland.
SDF activities are being led by BMB Mott MacDonald, contracted by DFID as the Fund Manager who coordinate with the Ministry of Planning and National Development (MoPND) Government of Somaliland, particularly with the Somaliland Central Statistics Department. CIDT provide four technical specialists to support SDF.
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CIDT has brought to successful completion the implementation of a large training programme on behalf of the Caribbean Development Bank.
The Caribbean Development Bank took the opportunity to formally extend appreciation for the excellent contribution made by CIDT from 2016 to 2020 under the programme. Division Chief, Technical Cooperation Dr Darran Newman stated:
“Your contribution as the initial Monitoring & Evaluation firm and subsequently as the PCM training provider exemplified professionalism, a client-centred approach and a high degree of flexibility that extended to your collaboration with other programme providers, consulting to achieve the objectives of the Training Programme and to respond effectively to evolving circumstances. We acknowledge the partnership that made this possible and wish CIDT every success in future endeavours. Thank you for putting so much passion into the programme.”
In the final programming phase, CIDT’s Des Mahony and Dani Baur worked with colleagues from the Public Policy Analysis and Management (PPAM) training provider Dods Training, to co-deliver a series of facilitated virtual clinics. The overarching purpose was to enable Training Coordinators to sustain the PPAM and PCM training and its benefits in the 19 BMCs, in particular to:
- deepen Training Coordinators confidence to offer PPAM and PCM training locally by enabling them to work through practicalities.
- encourage Training Coordinators to take ownership of the PPAM and PCM training and create the foundations for working collectively to strengthen capacity for delivering the programme in future.
- encourage Training Coordinators to support and learn from each other by building and sustaining their own community of practice (and considering how this could extend across the region).
The value of CIDT’s role in the programme was verified when the national training coordinators were asked about the primary resource challenge to future PCM training in their country: 36% of respondents indicated that access to qualified trainers was the biggest perceived challenge for future training. The programme was found to be highly relevant and effective by the BMCs, who expressed strong ownership of the programme. Critical mass was achieved through an innovative and large-scale roll-out of national training intervention using experiential active learning techniques.
The programme in numbers:
- 1273 individuals trained
- 19 countries
- 255 trainers trained
- 2384 module completions
- Satisfaction rates ranging from 90-99%
- Between 34 and 104 persons trained in each of the 19 BMCs
- Training audience included: 5% Permanent Secretaries; 8% Directors 8%, 12% Managers, 23% Senior Technical Staff, 17% Junior Technical Staff, 7% Project Officers; 3% Human Resource Managers/Officers; 2% Policy Officers/Advisors; 2% Procurement Officers/Specialists; 2% Auditors and Monitoring and Evaluation Officers; 9% Research Officers;8% Administrative Officers; 8% Economists
- St Lucia reported the greatest knowledge improvement (rating scale of 1-5) with a point increase of 1.76 from 2.37 to 4.13
Source: Programme M&E data
Voices of programme participants from 19 countries
- “It was very educational and rewarding. The sessions helped us identify real problems and provided tools through which proper analysis and risks should be evaluated among other things.” (Anguilla)
- “It was really refreshing to undertake this training session. I have learnt so many concepts and tools that can help me improve the quality of my work and my decision-making capacity. I am grateful for the knowledge gain and I am eager to share it with colleagues.” (Antigua and Barbuda)
- “It was enjoyable and although it was intense, it created a thirst for more knowledge in the areas and a desire to put the knowledge into practice” (Barbados)
- “It gave me an insight of the importance of evaluation projects/programmes from inception in order to detect issues and prevent overspending. The aspect of monitoring… was very useful to me.” (British Virgin Islands)
- “I learnt immensely from the facilitators who all seemed well versed in their areas of delivery- I believe all aspect of work in the public sector should have the structured approach that was taught during the exercises” (Dominica)
- “I do believe that this training was a wonderful experience. It created an environment for the exchange of ideas and the airing of problems that plague our society. It also allowed officers to provide solutions to those problems. Good Job!” (Guyana)
- “I must reiterate the importance and significance of this initiative. One of the usefulness of the initiative was to have varying practitioners around the table to have meaningful discussion and perspectives. Thanks again for the training.” (Jamaica)
- “I had fun first. The group dynamics were great to bring out different ideas while the facilitator was excellent at getting the point across. Content was great and I really cannot wait to implement on my return to my work place.” (St Kitts and Nevis)
- “Training was practical and applicable. It helped strengthened the need for better project planning, and highlighted the challenges faced in the implementation of projects and the need for finding workable solutions” (St Lucia)
- “It was like given us a brighter and bigger world perspective again, with out of the box thinking and problem solving that we as government officials often forget in time and procedures and challenges we meet.” (Suriname)
- “This training programme was perhaps the most impactful and enjoyable training that I have ever received, thus far, while working in the country’s public service. Thank you for taking the time to share the knowledge and approaches with us.” (Trinidad and Tobago)
- “This programme has rejuvenated me and gives me the opportunity to truly think outside the box and stretched me. I am already passionate about what I do but I am more motivated” (Turks and Caicos Islands)
In the final CIDT quarterly report to the Caribbean Development Bank a series of lessons were identified:
- Every BMC context was different requiring a core set of PCM module materials to be scaled up/down according to varying national capacity needs
- Use of live case studies and an experiential approach enhances the learning experience – the CIDT training style was perceived as effective and refreshing compared to standard ‘chalk and talk’ approaches.
- Reaction to mainstreaming of gender around the project cycle – many Government officials perceived ‘gender’ as a donor-driven agenda for women’s empowerment which does not fit the regionally specific gender status of the Caribbean. This called for sensitive and expert facilitation approaches.
- Module pre-requisites allow for participants to participate from a shared baseline. In the curriculum design certain online and Face to Face modules were designated as pre-requisites for other more specialised or advanced modules.
- Senior management championship helped learning to be taken more seriously. Representation of such champions in specific countries empowered and encouraged participants to treat the training opportunity as significant and emphasised their potential to facilitate change.
- Train the trainer (tot) models for sustainability require time and resources to embed. Lack of incentives, authority, and PCM expertise inhibited further roll out of training at national level by the ToT cohorts. Although programme follow-up support was provided, more rigourous pre-selection and post training support was needed to really embed ToT models.
 Interactive online poll at the Sustainability workshop in Barbados (July 2019)
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Between June 2018 and May 2020 CIDT has provided services to support and facilitate the in-country engagement of the NDC Partnership in Uganda, the Marshall Islands, Dominican Republic, Jordan, Morocco, Pakistan, the Seychelles, Nepal, Cote d’Ivoire, the Philippines, Grenada and Tunisia. In addition, facilitation and training services have been provided to the Support Unit of the Partnership in Washington DC and Bonn on five occasions. CIDT facilitated two important regional Member consultations in Bangkok (Country Members) and New York (Development Partners).
The NDC Partnership is a global coalition of countries and institutions collaborating to drive transformational climate action. Through Partnership cooperation countries are facilitated with tools to implement their NDCs, as per the Paris Agreement.
CIDT has supported Partnership Country Engagement through a call down framework contract, including facilitation of stakeholder workshops and remote technical assistance to the development of NDC Partnership Plans. The scope of support has included 20 work orders including seven assignments to provide remote quality assurance work, as well as facilitation support to three staff training courses in results-based management. The contract has been led by CIDT’s Ella Haruna with specialist support in French and Spanish delivered by CIDT associate Cath Long.
New online tool developed
In 2018, CIDT worked closely with the Support Unit to develop the Country Engagement Online Tool. This is an accessible resource to develop user knowledge on the Country Engagement processes of the NDC Partnership. It features three modules, a glossary, resource library and FAQs.
Blended learning for the Support Unit
In September and October 2019, CIDT’s Ella Haruna delivered training in Results-Based Management (RBM) for Support Unit staff in the Washington DC and Bonn offices. 35 staff members undertook CIDT’s online learning course prior to the four day face-to-face training. Ella blended short training inputs on generic RBM tools and principles with facilitated reflection and peer exchange on the application of Country Engagement (CE) processes, including new processes to mainstream gender equality around the CE cycle.
Feedback from participants
- “We went through the stages of our country engagement process and saw how at each activity we could better implement RBM thinking.”
- “I learned a lot with great examples.”
- “Very customised to Country Engagement processes.”
- “The tools and thinking exercises that were provided to us were excellent!”
- “She was fantastic and had such an intimate knowledge of the NDC Partnership’s work.”
- “It was extremely valuable to have her as a facilitator.”
Photos from RBM training in Washington DC and Bonn
Read more about our work with NDC Partnership:
- Workshop in Nepal maps areas for climate change action
- CIDT support the country engagement of the NDC Partnership in Dominican Republic, Jordan and Morocco
- CIDT support the work of the NDC Partnership in Uganda and Washington
- CIDT facilitates regional Member consultations in Bangkok and New York for the NDC Partnership
Contact contract manager Ella Haruna for more information.
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Head of CIDT Philip N. Dearden supported an intensive Results Based Management (RBM), Monitoring, and Evaluation (M&E) workshop held in Kiev, Ukraine from 17-18 December 2019 as an integral part of the formulation of a new Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP). Some 72 key representatives from the Ukraine Government, Trade Unions, Employers Organisations and the ILO attended the workshop.
The learning objectives of the event were to provide a refresher on key concepts of RBM and M&E and practice their practical application as part of the formulation of a new Decent Work Country Programme for Ukraine.
The major output from the workshop was an agreed draft outline DWCP framework for the next three years in Ukraine. This framework will be further developed into a full and detailed DWCP by a series of agreed participatory actions over the next six months.
Specific topics covered in the intensive multi-stakeholder workshop were:
- The rationale for results measurement and the ‘results chain’
- Seven simple planning steps and seven key questions to ask
- Key concepts of results measurement and its application to key areas of intervention
- Practical monitoring, review and evaluation tools
Feedback on all major aspects of the workshop design and delivery was very positive. Many participants commented on how much they had enjoyed the workshop and on the practical value to their work. Comments received included:
- Useful sharing experience and knowledge of the representatives
- Excellent efforts to agree decisions
- Good to hear the attitude of the three parties on Decent Work
- Good work planning
- Good teamwork
- Positive interactive discussions
- Excellent organisation of the event
- Excellent facilitation
- Very good methodology
- Great cooperation of parties
Below: Markus Pilgrim, Head of ILO Eastern Europe and Ms Dafina Gercheva, the Acting UN Resident Representative, Ukraine opening the DWCP Workshop.
Below: Sergiy Savchuk Reviewing the 2016-2019 Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP).
Below: Phil Dearden outlining the background to the workshop and introducing RBM.
Below: Workshop participants working on planning the new Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP).
Below: Workshop participants working on planning the new Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP).
Below: Workshop participants presenting ideas for the new Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP).
Below: A word of thanks from Markus Pilgrim and workshop feedback and evaluation exercise.
CIDT supports Royal National Lifeboat Institution to improve their management of international projectsContinue Reading
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has been working to save lives from drowning in the UK and Republic of Ireland for nearly 200 years. The World Health Organisation estimates that over 320,000 people drown each year globally but due to low recognition of the issue, drowning has become a ‘silent epidemic’. RNLI operates in lower and middle-income countries to combat the risk of drowning.
The Centre for International Development and Training (CIDT) is supporting the RNLI International team to strengthen their capacity for project cycle management for international development by providing a bespoke toolkit and staff training.
As a first step CIDT’s Ella Haruna conducted a mapping of all existing RNLI project management tools and approaches; and benchmarked these against international development industry standards. Ella conducted semi-structured interviews and focus group discussions with key RNLI resource persons to obtain a comprehensive picture of the current systems and practices in managing projects around the cycle. A scoping report was produced which identifies gaps or shortfall of current processes and future requirements. The report was presented to a range of RNLI stakeholders for feedback and validation.
The second step was to prepare a toolkit and manual containing the bespoke project management tools, and deliver two cycles of training to the RNLI International Department. The training is focused on embedding the new project management toolkit through applying Project cycle management tools to live RNLI projects – including stakeholder, problem, risk analysis, logical framework, setting indicators, work plans, budgets, value for money and theory of change.
Photos from the training
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The World Health Organisation estimates that over 320,000 people drown each year globally. Many of those who drown in developing countries are under 5 years old or associated with high risk occupations such as fishing. Currently the RNLI International Department is working with project partners in Bangladesh to reduce drowning by reducing the risk it represents to such vulnerable groups. RNLI do this through research, advocacy and preventative measures delivered through project-based initiatives.
In November 2019, CIDT consultant, Rufsana Begum facilitated a two-day project design workshop for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
The aim of the workshop was to facilitate the project design of Project Bhasa Phase 2, ensuring a high-level analysis is integrated into the logframe and to strengthen the skills and knowledge on project cycle management tools. Participants included RNLI staff, their partner Centre for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP), Save the Children and UNICEF.
In Bangladesh, drowning is the leading cause of death for children aged 1-17, with 18,000 young lives lost every year. Disasters and water-related risks affect all areas of Bangladesh, with the Barisal Division bearing the highest burden. Despite the death toll, action to reduce and prevent drowning in Barisal has been absent. The Barisal Division is situated in the central-southern region of Bangladesh, where several large rivers converge. With a land mass of 13.5 million km² and a population of over 8 million, the Barisal Division is one of the most vulnerable areas in Bangladesh – all its six districts are affected by water-related hazards and disasters
In 2016, The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) partnered with The George Institute for Global Health and Centre for Injury Prevention and Research and developed Project Bhasa (phase 1) in Barishal with the aim to prevent drowning, targeting children 1 to 11 years of age. This project started implementation in June 2017 in three Upazilas of Barishal. The goal of the project is to evaluate its various interventions to understand the impact on the drowning problems, while also working with relevant stakeholders, including government and others, to institutionalise and mainstream drowning prevention in Barishal.
Now, Phase 2 (April 2020) of the Bhasa project aims to scale up activities across the Barishal division. The strategic approach aims to be recognised as a model for other divisions to adopt in Phase 3 (2022).
To achieve this, the CIDT facilitator used participatory approaches throughout the two days, to foster meaningful engagement and reflection, drawing on participants’ experiences from the previous project phase. In working through the stages of the project design, a wide variety of methodologies were employed, including group work, role play and various participatory exercises. Several key analyses were undertaken, including conducting a comprehensive problem tree analysis, stakeholder analysis, risk analysis and drafting a logframe for the second phase.
The overall output of the workshop was a gender and socially inclusive logframe that reflects the national and community priorities and needs around drowning prevention.
Below: Participants conducting a problem tree for drowning.
Below: Participant providing feedback.
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In August 2019, CIDT visited the International Secretariat of Transparency International in Berlin to kick-start a new contract to develop an e-learning course in Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, commonly known as ‘MEL’. The purpose of this inception visit was to ensure in-depth shared understanding of the scope of work and target audience of the ‘MEL’ course.
Transparency International is a global movement with a mandate to fight corruption at global, regional and national levels. The movement is composed of over 100 independent organisations or ‘national chapters’ employing 1800 staff. Monitoring, Evaluating and Learning has been recognised as a key training gap for the staff implementing Transparency International projects.
Transparency International (TI) Secretariat has selected CIDT as the consultant to conceptualise and structure the Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL) online course and to devise and implement the appropriate pedagogical approach.
During the visit the CIDT team of Ella Haruna and Cristina Jara Cazares were able to conduct a rapid training needs assessment exercise of Secretariat project managers and a range of other stakeholders. Key findings were identified including: target audience, training needs, governance, prior experience of online solutions and corporate implications. All of this is valuable information to enable us to ensure that the course is appropriately targeted and the pedagogical approach is suitable.
The overall learning aim for the online course is to strengthen the confidence and capability of Transparency International Chapters and Secretariat to undertake effective Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning of projects and programmes for anticorruption.
The course is expected to be developed over the next 4 months and before its launch, a pilot will be carried out with a selected user group of TI Secretariat staff and participants from the national chapters. The course will then be developed in French and Spanish to ensure wider reach.
CIDT has previous experience of developing online courses for clients including the Commonwealth Secretariat and the NDC Partnership. In addition, our own online course in Results-Based Management has been undertaken by a wide range of groups including the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Carbibbean Development Bank, RNLI and many other organisations, using it as a precursor to face-to-face training.