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

2013 annual edition
10-15 June 2013

Department of economics, University of Bologna

This is the 8th Edition of the Summer School on  Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation for Complex International Development Programmes, a 6-day intensive course delivered in English, open to applicants of any country and background.

This is a cutting-edge Course that addresses 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 course presents Outcome Mapping and Outcome Harvesting, 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.

The hands-on Course presents 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. 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

The Director of the Summer School is Pier Giorgio Ardeni, professor of development economics at University of Bologna, policy advisor, expert in poverty reduction programs and statistical development.

Our trainers are two development experts with extensive field experience in low-income countries and recognized international experts in Outcome Mapping and Outcome Harvesting.

  • Terry Smutylo, advisor, 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, 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!

2013 Summer School Course

June 10
June 11
June 12

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

Terry Smutylo

Practical, participatory introduction to Outcome Mapping - Intentional Design: how to apply complexity-oriented thinking and tools at the planning stage of an intervention.
(with breakout groups exercises)

Terry Smutylo 

June 13

June 14

Applying a complexity-oriented methodology, Outcome Harvesting, to a realistic Monitoring & Evaluation situation
  1. implications of complexity science for monitoring and evaluating development initiatives
  2. practical exercise, using a case study, in applying Outcome Harvesting;
  3. illustration of how Outcome Harvesting could be applied to a project which used Outcome Mapping as its planning framework

Ricardo Wilson-Grau

June 15

Half-day peer-assist session

Pier Giorgio Ardeni
Terry Smutylo
Ricardo Wilson-Grau

Please send an application form and a short CV to:
31 March 2013


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
Click HERE!!!

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

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the exciting setting of Bologna!
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For any information, please contact:
CID Summer School:

PIER GIORGIO ARDENI (Academic Director):