Monitoring & Evaluation Boot Camp

About the Monitoring & Evaluation Boot Camp

The Monitoring & Evaluation Bootcamp is run by David Hearle a world leading M&E expert who brings to the boot camp 36 years of International Development experience gained in all regions of the world.

During the day all areas of Monitoring & Evaluation will be introduced to ensure that each participant leaves confident in understanding Monitoring and Evaluation and how to apply in International Development. To achieve this David has developed a program to make the complex simple and focus on the essentials.

Given the time limitation David has put together a series of materials, examples and templates that will make implementation much easier and can be viewed after completion. These are provided to each participant on a flash stick.

The word “boot camp” has been used to reflect a teaching nature where topics are covered with reasonable speed and intensity to maximise learning in a short period of time. David having taught hundreds of courses to those from 119 countries is very skilled in making it easy to understand and learn.

All participants will be presented with a certificate of attendance at the end of the course.

Who the M&E Boot Camp is designed for

The one-day M&E boot camp has been developed to meet the needs of those who want to further their understanding of M&E but have limited time to attend a longer course. And provides a good value solution.

The M&E Bootcamp will be of significant value to those who need to be aware of M&E without needing depth on all the data collection and detailed design of M&E systems.

As the course is just one day there is limited depth with a focus on breadth and general knowledge. For more in-depth study we recommend the three days Key Principles of Monitoring & Evaluation Course.

Participants will generally be working for NGOs, Governments, Donors, Corporates, and Consultancies or as independent consultants.

M&E Boot Camp Dates

The M&E Boot Camp is run on open dates in locations around the world. David is also able to run the M&E Boot Camp for organisations in your venue. Please do contact: to discuss.

Boot Camp Content

The boot camp covers M&E in broad terms and provides an overview with practice limited to very short exercises. The day will start at 9 and finish at 5 and includes a shortish lunch, tea and coffee breaks. The learning outcomes are shown below:

  • Describe the purposes of monitoring and evaluation;
  • Explain the differences between evaluation, monitoring, inspection, review and audit;
  • Explain the relationship between monitoring systems and evaluations;
  • Understand the importance of the Results Chain to project design, implementation, and evaluation;
  • State the differences and relationship between impact, outcome, outputs, activities, and inputs;
  • Explain the rationale for having a Theory of Change;
  • Explain the relationship between expected changes and project objectives in the Results Chain or Narrative Column of the Log Frame;
  • Describe the steps to develop a Theory of Change;
  • Recognition of the significance of the Theory of Change to M&E and performance management;
  • Describe the main purposes and use of the Log Frame and it’s role in M&E;
  • Understand how to complete a Log Frame Matrix;
  • Describe the steps that need be followed to develop a Monitoring System;
  • Understand the importance of having an effective monitoring system for project performance;
  • Describe the purpose of an M&E Framework;
  • Explain the purpose of an M&E Plan;
  • Describe how the M&E Framework relates to project/organisation planning and performance management;
  • Describe the main purposes of evaluation;
  • List the Development Assistance Criteria (DAC);
  • Identify different types of evaluations;
  • Understand that different types of evaluation have different purposes and focus;
  • Appreciate evaluations have limits on their focus and scope;
  • List common standards and principles that guide international development evaluations;
  • Explain key steps needed to follow to conduct Baseline Study at project start-up;
  • Explain purpose of indicators;
  • Describe characteristics of a good indicator;
  • Describe different sources or means of verification for indicators;
  • Explain how to identify appropriate data sources for indicators;
  • Understand the importance of having clear SMART indicators for effective project performance management and reporting;
  • Explain how to effectively select data collection methods;
  • Explain the importance of methodological triangulation in M&E;
  • Appreciate that different collection methods have different strengths and weaknesses;
  • Use M&E information for project/organisation learning and decision-making;
  • Recognise the importance of M&E to decision-making, planning and organisation learning.

Next Open M&E Boot Camp:

3 May 2016, Melbourne

Provider - Impact Management International

Format - Face to Face

Cost - Fee AUS$ 220

Duration - 1 day

Focus areas - Theory of Change

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