Department of Economics - University of Bologna

Centre for International Development

Summer Programme - Intensive training workshops
Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation
for Complex Development Programmes

2014 annual edition
Module 1 - 1-5 September 2014
Module 2 - 8-12 September 2014

Our Courses
This is the Ninth edition of the joint Centre for Internation Development / Department of Economics Summer Training Programme on Monitoring and Evaluation. This year the programme's focus is on Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation for Complex Development Programmes. This is a a cutting-edge Intensive Training Program Course of excellence divided into Two Modules (Courses) that address the challenges posed to planning, monitoring and evaluation (PM&E) in substantially complex development situations characterized by a changing environment and unpredictable results. In innovative projects and programs 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 will results will be achieved. In spite of the uncertainty, multiple, interacting actors and factors create many options for intervening, measuring and learning.

To meet this challenge, the two courses present
four tools and approaches delivered in two separate and independent modules for 5 days of training, each:
  • MODULE I. Outcome Mapping and Outcome Harvesting - September 1-5
  • MODULE II. Results-Based Monitoring and Impact Evaluation - September 8-12
Outcome Mapping (OM) and Outcome Harvesting (OH) are two cutting-edge PM&E tools that use techniques and practices that have proved effective in these complex development situations where both 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.
Results-Based Monitoring (RBM)
  and Impact Evaluation (IE)
are the basis of M&E systems of monitoring and evaluation based on intermediate and final results, impact and design feedback, whereby the desired outcomes towards the goals of a development intervention are achieved through defined expected outputs, and are monitored by target indicators.

The hands-on Courses present practical steps, examples and participatory exercises in applying these 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. Peer sessions are also planned, where participants can bring their own experience and projects to discuss with the trainers.

The courses are targeted to
  • government officials, department heads and programme managers
  • policy makers and programme implementers
  • development practictioners and activists
  • NGO and CSO members
  • development graduate students.
Have you ever wondered what monitoring and evaluation is about? Have you ever wanted to know whether your intervention is having the desired effects and is achieving the aimed objectives? Do you need to keep track of how the money that your government or organisation has budgeted is effectively spent? Then you need to learn some hands-on practical tools on M&E! Those who are interested do not necessarily need to have had any exposure: the courses are open to all who have a need to learn the tools of the trade for checking on your development programmes!

Want to know more about the programme of the courses? Read here!

Our People
Direction and management:
  • 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 statistical development. 
  • The manager and coordinator is Cecilia Tinonin, PhD, assitant researcher at the Department of Economics on poverty analysis.
Our trainers are well know development experts with extensive field experience in low-income countries and recognized international experts in Outcome Mapping and Outcome Harvesting, Results-Based Monitoring and Evaluation and Impact Assessment:
  • Ray Rist (RBM), advisor, formerly at the World Bank Evaluation Department, currently a monitoring and evaluation advisor, president of IDEAS, co-author of the popular manual Ten Steps to a Results-Based Monitoring and Evaluation System
  • 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.
  • Susan Tamondong (IE), impact evaluation advisor, vice-president of IDEAS. 
  • 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 300 networks and associations, NGOs, community-based organisations, research institutes and government agencies on all seven continents.

Want to know more about the trainers? Read here!

How to apply
Applicants may participate in either one or both modules (courses):
  • Outcome Mapping and Outcome Harvesting - September 1-5
  • Results-Based Monitoring and Impact Evaluation - September 8-12
Enrollment fees and applications deadlines are:

Early Bird Registration
(before 31 March 2014)
Full registration
(between 1 April and 10 July 2014)
Module I only 1.500 euro 1.600 euro
Module II only 1.500 euro 1.600 euro
Both Modules 2.800 euro
3.000 euro

The enrolment fee includes tuition and materials.
Room and boarding and travel expenses are not included.
Various lodging arrangement suggestions can be provided on request.

Partial tuition waivers will possibly be available for 
a limited number of
 applicants from developing countries only!
Please indicate in your application whether you need funding!

For those requesting funding, acceptance will be evaluated 
together with their granted fee status

Payment instructions will be given to accepted applicants only.
Fees will have to be paid to the University of Bologna (credit cards are not accepted).

Please send an application form and a short CV to:

Download an application form
Click HERE!!!

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.
Applicants must have an undergraduate degree
and must be proficient in English.

Enrol in this summer program in the exciting setting of Bologna!
Send in an application! Tell your colleagues!

For any information, please contact:
CID Summer School:

PIER GIORGIO ARDENI (Academic Director):

Important deadlines to remember

Application for Early-Bird Registration 31 March 2014
Credited payment (bank transfer) of Early-Bird Registration Fee 30 April 2014
Application for Full Registration 10 July 2014
Credited payment of Full Registration 31 July 2014