Summer Programme - Intensive Training Workshop

Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation of Complex Development Programmes


Outcome Mapping and Outcome Harvesting

Instructors: Terry Smutylo, Ricardo Wilson-Grau

September 1-2

Introduction of the concepts of ‘complexity’ and how they relate to planning development initiatives

September 3-4

Practical, participatory introduction to Outcome Mapping-Intentional Design: how to apply complexity-oriented thinking and tools at the planning stage o fan intervention (with break out groups exercises)

September 4-5

Applying a complexity-oriented methodology, Outcome Harvesting, to a realistic Monitoring & Evaluation situation.

  • Implications of complexity science for monitoring and evaluating development initiatives;

  • Practical exercise, using a case study, in applying Outcome Harvesting;

  • Illustration of how Outcome Harvesting could be applied to a project which used Outcome Mapping as its planning framework.


Results-Based Monitoring and Evaluation Systems

Instructors: Ray Rist, Susan Tamondong

September 8

Ray Rist

  • Introduction and basic concepts

  • Rational for results-based M&E

  • Building a Theory of Change

  • Small group work

September 9

Ray Rist

  • Outlining a 10 step approach to building a results-based M&E system

  • Step One:  Readiness Assessment

  • Step Two:  Setting Clear Outcomes

  • Step Three:  Constructing Effective and Useful Indicators

  • Small group work

September 10

Ray Rist

  • Step Four:  Gathering Baseline data

  • Step Five:  Selecting Realistic Targets

  • Step Six:  Building Your Monitoring System

  • Step Seven:  Building Your Evaluation System

  • Small group work

September 11
Ray Rist

  • Step Eight:  Reporting Findings

  • Step Nine:  Enhancing the use of Findings

  • Step Ten:  Focusing on Sustainability

  • Summary

September 12
Susan Tamondong

  • Impact Evaluation (IE) in the context of Development- definition, why and what for?

  • Components of IE – identification of impacts, gathering evidence, causal analysis, managing the evaluation

  • Trends in IE: multi-disciplinary approaches, mixed methods

  • Types of IE – simple interventions, complex interventions, accountability-driven, contribution driven

  • Approaches to improve the quality of IE – theory –based, mixed methods, participatory approaches, systematic causal analysis

  • Methods and techniques in IE – theory of change (TOC), realist evaluation, qualitative and quantitative assessment, social assessment (SA), beneficiary assessment (BA), systematic client consultation (SCC), citizen report cards (CRC), community score cards (CSC), participatory learning and action (PLA) including rapid rural appraisal (RRA), participatory rural appraisal (PRA) and participatory poverty assessment (PPA)

  • How to conduct Impact Evaluation

  • Challenges of Impact Evaluation