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AEA eStudy 053: Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Planning for Programs/Projects

Presented by Scott Chaplowe, this eStudy introduces six key planning steps for a successful monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system: 1) Identify the purpose and scope of the M&E system; 2) Plan for data collection and management; 3) Plan for data analysis; 4) Plan for information reporting and utilization; 5) Plan for M&E human resources and capacity building; 6) Prepare the M&E budget.  This 6-step approach has been designed to guide programming at the community, regional and national levels. While informed by international programs/projects, it is also very appropriate for domestic (US) programs and projects – wherever M&E is needed for reliable and useful information and reporting to inform for program management and uphold performance accountability.

16th February, 2015 to 25th February, 2015
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This eStudy is based upon the Results Based Management (RBM)  approach to programs/projects.  Therefore, it will review the initial needs assessment and program project design that informs the M&E planning, as well as the other stages of the project/program cycle and planning and their corresponding M&E activities (events).

Particular emphasis will be given to planning for data collection and management using an example M&E planning table for indicators and assumptions. The eStudy will walk through how to develop an M&E planning table that builds upon a project/program’s logframe to detail key M&E requirements for each indicator and assumption. Like the logframe, M&E planning tables are becoming common practice in both international and domestic programming – and with good reason. They not only make data collection and reporting more efficient and reliable, but they also help better plan and manage projects/program through careful consideration of what is being implemented and measured.

Course Structure

Class times:

12:30-2:00 EST

6 contact hours total

Day 1: Tuesday, February  17th: 

Identify the purpose and scope of the M&E system; this builds upon the initial assessment and project design (logical framework).

Day 2: Thursday, February 19th   

Plan for data collection.

Day 3: Tuesday, February 24th:   

Plan for data  management and analysis.

Day 4: Thursday, February 26th: 

Plan for data reporting and use, and human and financial resources.

Important Dates

Register before 10am on February 17th (EST)

eStudy Registration Fees

American Evaluation Association Member: $150

Nonmember: $200

Student: $80

Student Nonmember: $110