Department of Economics - University of Bologna
Centre for International Development - Bologna
Outcome Mapping and Outcome Harvesting
Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation For Complex Development Programmes
2015 Annual Edition
Outcome Mapping -- Monday-Wednesday, 15-17 June 2015
Outcome Harvesting -- Thursday-Friday, 18-19 June 2015
This is the 10th Annual Edition of the joint Bologna Centre for International Development / Department of Economics Summer Training Programme on
Monitoring and Evaluation. This year the programme's focus is on two
methods that are increasingly on the cutting-edge for planning, monitoring and evaluation in development situations characterized by a dynamic environment and unpredictable results.
In innovative projects and programmes
of development and social change, at the time of strategic planning
often it is difficult, if not impossible, to predetermine what
specific, measurable actions need to be taken or what results will be
achieved. Planned interventions and intended results shift, sometimes
dramatically, or need to be revised over the life of a project or
programme, and unintended outcomes emerge. In these situations, Outcome
Mapping is a method to involve multiple, interacting
actors and factors to create concrete yet flexible options for
intervening, measuring and learning. The Outcome Mapping module
When a project, programme or
organization is implemented in dynamic uncertainty, conventional
monitoring and evaluation can be inappropriate because what is done
and the results may vary considerably from the original plan. Outcome
Harvesting is used to
identify, formulate, analyse and interpret what was achieved and how,
regardless of whether it was pre-defined or not. The special value of
the tool for monitoring and evaluation is that it enables people
responsible for monitoring and evaluating development work to
identify and formulate intended and unintended, positive and negative
outcomes, determine how the intervention contributed to them and make
sense of it all. The Outcome Harvesting module
- Introduction of the concepts of
‘complexity’ and how they relate to planning, monitoring and evaluating development
- Practical, participatory
introduction to Outcome Mapping, including: how to apply its actor-focused tools to planning, monitoring and evaluation.
groups and exercises, with applications of the Outcome Mapping
framework to actual situations encountered by participants in their own
For a less-than-three-minute
explanation of Outcome Harvesting (video).
- Implications of complexity science
for monitoring and evaluating development initiatives
- Practical exercises apply Outcome
Harvesting to a case study written for this course
- Illustration of how Outcome
Harvesting could be applied to a project which used Outcome Mapping
as its planning framework.
The two hands-on courses present
practical steps, examples and participatory exercises in applying
these planning, monitoring and evaluation (PM&E) tools to strengthen management for development
results. Special attention is given to situations where there is
uncertainty about the causal relationships linking inputs, activities
and outputs with the outcomes and impacts of development
interventions. And, all concepts will be applied in working
groups by the participants. Thus, they will leave with practical
guidance and skills in using these complementary tools to plan,
monitor and evaluate their interventions and what they achieve in
order to be accountable and to improve performance.
The courses are targeted to people who
commission, manage or carry out PM&E:
The two courses are
designed for people with practical or theoretical experience either
in development and humanitarian work or in PM&E. Have you ever needed to
find alternative approaches when conventional frameworks for normal
planning, monitoring and evaluation do not generate useful processes
and results? Have you ever wanted to know whether a development
intervention is having the desired effects and is achieving the aimed
objectives before it is too late to make changes in your strategy?
If your answer is Yes, then you need to learn some hands-on
practical tools for PM&E that have a track record in supporting
dynamic, complex development interventions!
- Government officials, department
heads and programme managers
- Foundation and development funders
- Policy makers and programme
- Development practitioners and
- NGO and CSO staff
- Development graduate students
Direction and management:
Our trainers are well know development
experts with extensive field experience in low-income countries and
recognized international experts in Outcome Mapping and Outcome
- The director of the Summer Programme is
Pier Giorgio Ardeni, professor of development economics at University
of Bologna, policy advisor, expert in poverty reduction programs and
- The manager and coordinator is Cecilia Tinonin, PhD, assitant researcher at the Department of Economics on poverty analysis.
- Terry Smutylo (OM), advisor, former Director
of Evaluation at IDRC for 15 years, currently an expert on M&E
and Outcome Mapping with extensive experience in M&E Training
around the world. Co-author of the Outcome Mapping Manual.
- Ricardo Wilson-Grau (OH), monitoring and
evaluation advisor and organizational development consultant. With
colleagues, developed the Outcome Harvesting tool, monitoring and
evaluating thousands of outcomes of almost 400 networks and
associations, NGOs, community-based organisations, research
institutes and government agencies in 143 countries on all seven
How to apply
Enrollment fees and applications deadlines are:
31 March 2015)
and 14 June 2015)
enrolment fee includes tuition and materials.
and boarding and travel expenses are not included.
lodging arrangement suggestions can be provided on request.
tuition waivers will possibly be available for
number of applicants
from developing countries only!
Please indicate in
your application whether you need funding!
those requesting funding, acceptance will be evaluated
together with their granted fee status
instructions will be given to accepted applicants only.
have to be paid to the University of Bologna (credit cards are
IF YOU WISH TO APPLY:
Please send an application form and
a short CV to:
Download an application form
will be accepted on a rolling basis.
must have an undergraduate degree and must be proficient in
Enrol in this summer program in the exciting setting of Bologna!
any information, please contact:
Send in an application! Tell your colleagues!
CID Summer School programs - Outcome Mapping and Outcome Harvesting course: firstname.lastname@example.org
GIORGIO ARDENI (Academic Director): email@example.com
CECILIA TINONIN (Manager):
deadlines to remember
31 March 2015
(bank transfer) of Early-Bird Registration Fee
30 April 2015
31 May 2015
of Full Registration
1 June 2015