Monitoring & Evaluation: Planning and Practice



Monitoring & Evaluation: Planning and Practice

September 06, 2018 - 9:00am to September 07, 2018 - 5:00pm

Washington , DC , United States


Apu Patel , Ryan LaPrairie

Language: English

Early - Jul 26 Regular - Aug 16
NON-MEMBERS $815 $910


This course focuses on the planning and practice of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) in the development sector. The content is focused on the key elements of monitoring, evaluation, and learning as they appear throughout the project lifecycle—from project conception to implementation through close-out. If you wish to better understand the link between M&E activities and program success, learn more about how you can best support M&E activities as part of a project team, and master specific tools and approaches that can be applied to your current work, this highly participatory course is just what you need. 

Target Audience

This workshop is designed for individuals who have a basic understanding of project management but limited exposure to project learning, monitoring, and evaluation. It is not intended for practitioners who already have significant M&E experience.

Key Takeaways

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Justify investments in M&E to drive stronger project planning, design, and implementation
  • Develop a project logical framework with clear goals, outcomes, outputs, and activities
  • Write clear, useful indicators
  • Evaluate data sources, data collection methods, and data quality
  • Identify the various types of evaluation methodologies and how to consider which, if any, to integrate into your project
  • Assess and employ methods to document, share, and disseminate learning throughout the project cycle​

Learning Approach

Our training puts the learner at the center, using practical and fun learning activities supported by easy-to-use materials. We share tools and techniques that can be immediately used in your work.

Day 1


  • Expectations, objectives, course agenda, and process


  • Learning, monitoring, and evaluation studies in the project cycle
  • Value Proposition for your work – why invest?

The Learning, Monitoruing, and Evaluation Cycle

  • Knowledge Management in your organization
  • Knowledge Management in the Project Management Cycle

Learning, Monitoring, and Evaluation - Project Design and Setup 

  • Applying learning, monitoring, and evaluation methods and tools
  • Proposal development process – needs assessment, problem analysis, stakeholder analysis
  • Intervention strategy

Learning, Monitoring, and Evaluation – Project Design and Setup

  • Frameworks – building the project logic and casual pathways
  • Logic Models development and use throughout the project’s life

Day 1 Feedback 

  • Learning and sharing – reflections, questions, ideas, and issues
  • Evaluation of Day 1

Day 2

Feedback on Day 1

  • Review of content and feedback from Day 1

Learning, Monitoring, and Evaluation in Planning 

  • Project indicators and targets
  • Budget development

Learning, Monitoring, and Evaluation in Implementation 

  • Learning, monitoring, and evaluation team roles
  • Data sources, data collection, and quality management

Learning, Monitoring, and Evaluation in Implementation, continued 

  • Data use – collaborating, adapting, learning and monitoring progress
  • Team and partner meetings for reflection, learning, and adapting
  • Reporting schedule

Learning, Monitoring, and Evaluation in Implementation, continued 

  • Change request process
  • Issue/Change logs

Learning, Monitoring, and Evaluation in Project Closeout/Transition

  • After Action Review
  • Evaluation studies – formative and summative evaluations

Learning, Monitoring, and Evaluation in Outcomes

  • Methods for documenting, sharing, and disseminating learning
  • What are your next steps?

World Cafe

  • New developments and significant resources
  • Network building

Course Evaluation

  • Evaluation and feedback

1120 20th St NW 
Suite 520S (Building 1)
Washington DC 20036

The nearest Metro stops to the workshop are Farragut North on the Red Line and Farragut West on the Blue/Orange/Silver Lines. Find a map of the DC metro system here.

Participants are responsible for making and paying for their own hotel/lodging arrangements. We have found that usually offers comparable or even lower rates than we are able to negotiate. We recommend attendees look for hotels in the Dupont Circle neighborhood. Check out some suggestions for convenient hotels.

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