Policy Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation

Pretoria
21 January to 1 February
Overview: 

ATI has launched the policy planning, monitoring and evaluation training course which is extremely important for professionals learning about the achievement or deviation from original concerns and problems faced by local development projects and programmes being implemented, so that corrective measures can be taken in time and bring back the programme in line with the expected outcomes at the same time achieving quality

Evaluation is often carried out by external agencies or donor agencies or policy makers and helps in assessing whether the project has brought benefits to those for whom it was intended. An evaluator is expected to examine:

  • whether it was right to have invested resources in the project in the context of competing needs;
  • whether the underlying assumptions and design were right;
  • whether progress was made towards planning changes, and if not, why; and
  • Unplanned changes that may have occurred.

Monitoring ensures that all variables such as inputs are ready in time, works plans are followed closely, adjustments can be made and corrective action taken as and when necessary, people who need to know are kept informed, constraints and bottlenecks are found; and resources are used efficiently. This training course will address all these challenges in a holistic approach.

Participatory monitoring involves local beneficiaries in measuring, recording, collecting, processing and communicating information to assist local development project extension workers and local group members in decision-making. The evaluation assists in adjusting and redefining objectives, reorganizing institutional arrangements or re-allocating resources as necessary. Monitoring and evaluation system (MES) allows continuous surveillance in order to assess the local development project’s impact on intended beneficiaries.

Target Audience: 

Development practitioners, project leaders and decision makers responsible for designing, implementing, monitoring or evaluating development projects.The course aims to equip practitioners, project partners and external evaluators with the knowledge and expertise required to conduct project planning, monitoring, evaluation and reporting. This skill is critical to any organisation or government department involved in development projects and programs.

Course Outcomes: 

Aim of participatory monitoring and evaluation (PME) and after the completion of this training, the participants will be able to:

  • Assess information or generate data on development activities being carried out at the local community level.
  • Facilitate monitoring and evaluation by beneficiaries of different development activities.
  • Increase beneficiaries’ commitment and understanding in designing, planning and implementing community-based development projects or programmes
  • Understand what supporting institutional arrangements need to be in place for successful Participatory Monitoring &Evaluation and reporting
  • Operationalise the Participatory Monitoring &Evaluation system, that is how to make the Participatory Monitoring &Evaluation plan "come alive"
  • Outline the process of implementing an system and indicate the challenges and solutions regarding compliance with your data collection, analysis and reporting