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University of Bologna

Summer School on
Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation For Complex International Development Programmes

2012 annual edition: 11-16 June 2012
NOW at a discounted FEE!!!

This Seventh Edition of the Course is promoted as usual by the
Centre for International Development (CID)
in Bologna 
in cooperation with the Center for International Development 
at the Rockefeller College for Public Affairs and Policy,
SUNY - University at Albany, NY
, and managed by the
Department of Economic Sciences at the University of Bologna 
under the approval of the Faculty of Political Sciences

This is a cutting-edge Course that addresses the challenges posed to planning, monitoring and evaluation (PM&E) in development situations where multiple, interacting actors and factors create many options for intervening, measuring and learning.
The program covers recent developments in PM&E techniques and practices that have proved effective in complex development situations where both interventions and results may shift or need to be revised over the life of a programme. Methods that will be covered include:

  • Outcome mapping

  • Utilization-focused approach

  • Outcome harvesting

  • Developmental evaluation

The Course presents practical steps, examples and participatory exercises in applying PM&E methods to strengthen management for development results, with special attention to situations where there is uncertainty about the causal relationships linking inputs, activities and outputs with the outcomes and impacts of development interventions. 
Participants will leave with practical guidance and skills in using tools to plan, monitor and evaluate their interventions and what they achieve in order to be accountable and to improve performance. A half-day peer clinic session is also planned at the end of the course, where participants can bring their own experience and projects to discuss with the trainers.

Who would benefit from this course:

  • Government programme managers

  • Policy and program implementers

  • Development practitioners and activists

  • NGO and CSO staff members

A 6-day intensive course delivered in English, open to applicants of any country and background. The course will give 3 University Credits (according to the European Credit Transfer System). Participants will be formally enrolled at the University of Bologna International Summer School Programme.

Our trainers are all development experts with extensive field experience in low-income countries

  • Pier Giorgio Ardeni, professor of development economics at University of Bologna, policy advisor, expert in poverty reduction programs and statistical development.
  • Terry Smutylo, advisor, Director of Evaluation at IDRC for 15 years, an expert on M&E and Outcome Mapping with extensive experience in M&E Training.
  • Ricardo Wilson-Grau, monitoring and evaluation advisor, organizational development consultant, with extensive experience evaluating the outcomes of international social change networks and funding agencies.
Want to know more about the trainers? Read here!

2012 Summer School Course

June 11
June 12
June 13

The current challenges of complexity for planning, monitoring and evaluating development interventions

Terry Smutylo
Ricardo Wilson-Grau

Outcome Mapping—Intentional Design
(with breakout groups exercises)

Terry Smutylo
Ricardo Wilson-Grau

June 14

Utilization-focused Monitoring & Evaluation (U-FE)

Developmental Evaluation

Outcome Harvesting (a Monitoring & Evaluation methodology based on U-FE)

Terry Smutylo
Ricardo Wilson-Grau

June 15

Outcome Harvesting (use breakout group exercises drawn from cases developed on Days 2&3)

Terry Smutylo
Ricardo Wilson-Grau

June 16

Half-day peer-assist session

Pier Giorgio Ardeni
Terry Smutylo
Ricardo Wilson-Grau

Candidates should send an application form and CV to:
15 May 2012



CID has been endowed a last-minute grant from the University
and the previously announced fee of 1,650 euros will so be discounted
(for those who have already applied too).
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.
Subsidies and 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 accepted)

Download an application form

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: summer-school@cid-bo.org

PIER GIORGIO ARDENI (Academic Director): piergiorgio.ardeni@unibo.it

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