Monitoring and Evaluation
- 43 mins on-demand video
- 2 downloadable resources
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- Certificate of Completion
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- Understand what Monitoring and Evaluation is - and what the differences are between these two concepts.
- Get an overview why this area of work is rapidly changing.
- Understand what measuring means - and that it is about reducing uncertainty
- Design or critically review a results chain.
- Work with quantitative and qualitative data
- Work with secondary and primary data and be familiar with key tools for collecting data yourself
- Critically review indicators and design high-quality indicators yourself
- No prior knowledge is required for this crash course on Monitoring and Evaluation.
This mini course equips you with basic knowledge on Monitoring and Evaluation.
After this course, you will:
- know what Monitoring and Evaluation a programme, policy or service is
- understand the difference between monitoring and evaluating
- understand that measuring is about reducing uncertainty
- know the difference between data, information and knowledge
- work with a results chain in the context of development and governance programmes, policies or services
- understand inputs, activities, outputs, outcomes and impact
- understand the difference between quantitative and qualitative data
- understand the difference between secondary and primary data
- know some key tools to collect data yourself
- know how to design high-quality, effective indicators
The crash course consists of 20 short, easily digestible lessons with video clips and graphics. It also provides downloadable material with the content of the course as well as suggestions for additional, high quality reading for each chapter.
- Staff members of development organizations (UN agencies, international non-governmental organizations) who want to get quickly familiar with the basics of Monitoring and Evaluation.
- Professionals who consider a career in Monitoring & Evaluation
- Students who are interested in Monitoring & Evaluation of development and governance programmes, policies and services
- M&E professionals who want a quick refresher on basic concepts of Monitoring and Evaluation
- Evaluators who are area experts but who want an overview of basic concepts of Monitoring and Evaluation
Monitoring and Evaluation is an exciting and growing area in international development and governance.
This introduction lecture puts Monitoring and Evaluation in a broader context and introduces the instructor, Thomas Winderl.
This lecture argues that Monitoring and Evaluation is currently undergoing rapid changes due to three reasons:
- a focus on real results,
- an increasingly complex and fast-changing environment and
- accelerating technological changes that are both an opportunity and a threat to Monitoring and Evaluation.
This somewhat longer lecture takes an in-depth look at the different levels of the results chain.
It should allows students to critically review existing result chains (for example in logical frameworks) and properly define their own result chains with inputs, activities, outputs, outcomes and impact.
This lecture highlights the differences between quantitative (=numbers) and qualitative (=text) data; it argues that both types of data are required and should be combined for more credible evidence.
This longer lecture highlights the fundamental differences between secondary data (=data that has already been collected) and primary data (=data that we still need to collect) and its advantages and disadvantages.
It also describes the toolbox available to us to carry out primary data collection.
This quiz will help you understand if you know what indicators are good for and what a properly defined indicator looks like.
These questions are not always easy to answer - but any wrong answer will help you understand better what makes a high-quality indicator ;-).