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Monitoring and Evaluation in a dynamic health environment

This advanced practitioners course equips participants with up-to-date knowledge and state-of-the-art monitoring and evaluation (M&E) tools enabling them to answer such questions as: What models, frameworks and tools are suitable for a specific evaluation? How to balance the perspectives of different stakeholders? 
26th August, 2016
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Monitoring and evaluation skills are essential tools for working in a dynamic development environment. They aid decision making and lead to improvements in project impact through maximising the learnings available.

This course is designed for senior managers who are actively involved in planning, management and evaluation of health sector reforms in developing countries. These senior managers might be either working in Ministries of Health, or they may be staff of embassies, international organisations, or NGOs developing partnerships with Ministries of Health within the scope of current health reforms.


The aim of this short course is to provide participants with a broad knowledge of advanced monitoring and evaluation tools and methods, and how to appropriately apply these in the health sector in developing countries. At the end of the course the participants will be able to:

  • Compare and critically discuss the fundamental concepts that underpin effective monitoring and evaluation of health programs within health systems
  • Formulate the most appropriate M&E strategy in a given situation, develop M&E plans, contrast and adapt suitable evaluation designs, tools and indicators
  • Appraise and select new and innovative approaches to M&E ranging from the appropriate use of technology through to new theoretical frameworks and approaches
  • Critically analyse how aid architecture and multiple stakeholders in the health system influence the design of an M&E strategy as well as participation and decision making

Course Content

Sectoral plans at national, regional or local levels require a strategic investment in management tools that facilitate informed decision making, planning and implementation. Developing appropriate M&E and management information systems is being increasingly recognised as an essential component of any health program. This context is the basis for the course content:

  • Introduction to core concepts: overview of M&E, relationship between monitoring and evaluation and project cycle management
  • Developments and challenges: factors that influence M&E in relation to new architectures of aid, focusing on poverty and health, the multi-stakeholder environment, partnerships, Civil Society Organisation involvement and accountability,
  • Models and frameworks: advantages and limitations of commonly used approaches such as the logical framework approach, realist evaluation, theory of change, monitoring tools for human resources and economic models.
  • Methodology: use of quantitative and qualitative approaches, independent reviews and participative methods, developments in information technology and quality assurance systems
  • Different stakeholders: addressing and balancing perspectives of different stakeholders in decision making as well as level of participation by policy makers, donors, providers and beneficiaries
  • Making M&E equity aware: for example by ensuring data is gender disaggregated; and that the perspectives of minority, disadvantaged and marginalized groups are accommodated
  • Ethics: differences between evaluation and research, need for ethical approval, ethical conduct as an evaluator

NFP scholarships

For this course and a number of other KIT courses funding from the Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP) is available for applicants from NFP countries. See the NFP page for more information.  See top of this page for the NFP deadline for this course. Applicants from NFP countries are strongly encouraged to apply for an NFP scholarship.

More information

Starting date      15-08-2016
Duration              2 weeks
End date              26-08-2016
KIT application deadline                15-06-2016
NFP scholarship application deadline      15-03-2016
KIT application deadline for NFP applicants          15-02-2016
Location               KIT, Amsterdam
ECTS      3
Language             English
Fee        2600 Euro, 1570 Euro (tropEd)

Visit the course page for more information.