Monitoring and Evaluation – Four-Day Comprehensive Training Kit

This is an in-house training course. For further information and pricing contact [email protected] or phone on +44 20 7661 7817.

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Day One Overview of M&E Processes and Application of Principles
Day Two M&E in Different Contexts
Day Three Benefits Tracking, Presenting Reports, Implementing Actions
Day Four Implementation of Action in the Light of M&E Conclusions


The monitoring and evaluation of an organisation’s policies, processes, and projects is fundamental to provide the basis for organisational knowledge management. This in turn forms the basis for future strategic planning to drive improvements in both performance and in the delivery of policy aims and objectives. Together M&E provide objective, reliable information about an organisation’s recent and current activities and their impact and effectiveness.

This live, interactive, practical four-day course will examine a variety of well-established and tested approaches. It will examine in-depth examples of international best practice in both monitoring and evaluation. It will furthermore look in detail into how these principles, processes and procedures can be applied to best effect in context.

As well as the presentation of information, knowledge and skills, the course will include many opportunities for discussion and sharing of experience, and extended workshop sessions, including the designing of a robust and effective M&E framework.

Who is the seminar designed for?

All public servants and civil servants at a variety of levels, from experienced team leaders looking for well-structured, effective and holistic approaches to maximising the organisational benefits of M&E, through to team members involved in M&E, policy design or delivery, or project management.

How will you benefit from attending?

You will acquire an in-depth, practical, hands-on and deliverable A-Z approach to effectively applying best practice in M&E in the context of your own work-stream.

Learning Outcomes

You will acquire an understanding of:

  • The M&E continuum
  • Why M&E needs to be considered at the start of the policy and/or project process
  • How to apply international best practice in M&E in your own context
  • How to initiate organisational responses to M&E conclusions
  • How to Implement actions in the light of M&E reports and recommendations
  • How to use M&E for performance management and for future planning
  • How to undertake project benefits tracking in the M&E process


Day One Overview of M&E Processes and Application of Principles

Session One: Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Analysis of the characteristics and distinct processes of each
  • Purposes and application of each
  • Best practice methods for using Monitoring to map progress comprehensively against the project plan
  • Approaches for using Evaluation to quantify and measure value for money, public good beyond financial measurement, effectiveness, outcomes and impact
  • Discussion

Session Two: Evaluation and Impact Assessments

  • Harmonising the information benefits of each process
  • Overview and discussion


 Session Three: The Monitoring and Evaluation Continuum

  • Mapping links between the past, present and future
  • Mapping causal connections between strategy, policy and delivery, or objectives, inputs and activities

Session Four: Who Evaluates?

  • Developing internal capacity and expertise in policy officers, M&E specialists, project managers
  • Maximising external resources for robust challenges, objectivity and impartiality, and credibility in processes, reports, and conclusions
  • Pros and cons of each approach and taking the best of both approaches
  • Analysis and discussion


Day Two M&E in Different Contexts

Session One: Ensuring M&E Is Considered in Policy Design

  • Understanding the Policy Cycle
  • Using the results of previous evaluations
  • Getting to the root cause of the issue
  • M&E and the Business Case
  • Systems thinking and policy evaluation

Session Two:  Ensuring M&E is Considered in Projects

  • The role of M&E in projects and in policy implementation
  • Governance, accountability and projects
  • Challenges of M&E in projects and policy implementation

Session Three: Issues in Aid Impact Evaluations and Lessons for their Application in the Wider M&E Policy Context

  • The particular challenges of aid impact monitoring and evaluation
  • FCDO M&E processes
  • The UK’s Independent Commission for Aid Effectiveness

Session Four:  International Initiatives for Impact Evaluation

  • Learning from international best practice (3ie International Initiative for Impact Evaluation etc)
  • Overview, analysis and discussion


Day Three Benefits Tracking, Presenting Reports, Implementing Actions

Session One: Project Benefits Tracking in the M&E Process

  • Examination of principles and discussion on application in context

Session Two: Workshop on Presenting M&E Reports

  • Overview of characteristics of credible and robust M&E reports
  • Executive summary, outline of procedures, detailed presentation of processes and data, conclusions, follow-up

Session Three: Communications Strategies and M&E

  • Overview and discussion

Session Four: Monitoring and the Delivery Process

  • Strategies for modifying policy priorities or project delivery once it is underway in the light of monitoring data reports
  • Changing tack, reputational damage, cost, timescales, staff capacity, and communications


Day Four Implementation of Action in the Light of M&E Conclusions

Session One: Organisational Responses to M&E

  • Capacity for change
  • Managing change
  • Adaptability
  • M&E and future strategic and operational planning
  • Using Data and information management for future benefits
  • Knowledge management and adding value for the M&E process
  • Processes to follow for incorporating M&E recommendations into concrete actions and new organisational approaches and behaviours

Session Two: Performance Management and the M&E Process

  • M&E as a tool for improving all stages of an organisation’s performance
  • Using M&E for strategic analysis and aligning project delivery with strategic goals more effectively 


Session Three: Designing an Appropriate M&E System for your Organisation: Selecting Appropriate Data Tools and Methodologies

  • Data collection tools and skills
  • Methods for applying data analysis methodologies in context

Session Four: Producing a Robust, Logical, Appropriate, and Credible M&E Framework

  • Workshop
  • Action planning the implementation of a best practice organisational M&E framework

Close of the Course

Our L&D ethos

  • We’re here to enable you to perform better

Our L&D team

  • All former practitioners, now professional trainers, our L&D team have provided open and bespoke solutions for more than 100,000 public servants from 120 countries

Our L&D seminars

  • A vast reservoir of international, transferable knowledge and perspectives about effective, delivery-focused approaches to working smarter in the public sector

This is an in-house training course. For further information and pricing contact [email protected] or phone on +44 20 7661 7817.

Crown Commercial Service supports the public sector to achieve maximum commercial value when procuring common goods and services.