Connect Learning with Monitoring and Evaluation

22 - 24 December 2021

Course Objectives: 

The course aims to:

  • Create comprehensive understanding of the concepts, approach, and tools for Monitoring,
  • Evaluation, and Learning (MEL);
  • Provide essential knowledge resources to prepare an M&E plan for project implementation, especially in fisheries sector;
  • Guide adoption of a result-based approach in planning projects and use the logical framework tool and be able to define measurable indicators to follow up and evaluate projects; and
  • Exchange practical knowledge on the applications of the concepts and examples to on-going projects of SEAFDEC.
Course Summary: 

The course outline is the standard outline of the course developed by AIT Extension. These learning substances can be customized to make it more relevant to the works of SEAFDEC.
Project Cycle and Project Management Process

  • Overview of project cycle
  • Definition of a Project
  • Project Cycle
  • Project Cycle: Social Development Project
  • Project Life Cycle & Typical Activities Per Phase
  • Project Life Cycle and Its Implications

 Project Monitoring and Evaluation

  • What is Project Monitoring & Evaluation?
  • What is “Monitoring”?
  • What is “Evaluation”?
  • What We Evaluate?
  • Important Things to Remember!
  • Results Chain in M&E

Key Concept of M&E and Learning

  • Different Oversight Functions
  • Monitoring vs Evaluation
  • Monitoring vs Evaluation System
  • M&E vs Learning System
  • Reflective Approach in Learning
  • Organizational Learning – Key Characteristic
  • Key Process of M&E System
  • Key Steps in Setting up M&E System
  • International Institute for Environment Development (IIED)
  • USAID – Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA)
  • USAID – Remote Development Evaluation

 Theory of Change (TOC)

  • Logical flow of thoughts on the TOC
  • What is Theory of Change?
  • Three Ways of Effecting “CHANGE”
  • What is Theory of Change (TOC)?
  • Why is the TOC useful?
  • TOC Basic Diagram
  • How to Write the Narrative of TOC?
  • Examples of Theory of Change
  • Example of Theory of Change – WHAT NEXT?

 Result-Based M&E

  • Result Thinking in Project Management
  • What is a Result?
  • Continuum of Change
  • Activities vs. Results
  • Level of Results and the Result Chain
  • Example of Result Chain
  • Aligning Results
  • Categories of Results
  • Online Exercise –Categories of Results

 Defining Results

  • Defining Project Results – WHEN?
  • What is a Result Statement?
  • Expression of CHANGE
  • How is an expected result formulated?
  • What is a good result?

Logical Framework and Framework for Development Project

  • Why using logical framework ?
  • Benefits and disadvantage of Logical Framework
  • Log frame Matrix

Result-Based Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Linkage between all level of results
  • Criteria for measurement for Result
  • Process to Conduct result-based management exercise -a typical process
  • General Criteria for Project Evaluation
  • Connected to Logical Framework
  • Theory of Change and Project Management
  • Goals Alignment

Result-based Management Process

  • Set long-term goals/vision of the project
  • Set goals for the project
  • Prioritization of goals
  • Alignment of goals with policies and standards
  • Assess readiness & analyze stakeholders
  • Strategizing or identify strategic actions
  • Identify indicators at goals and strategic levels
  • Identify methods and tools for data collection
  • Result-based reporting

Baseline Study

  • What is a Baseline?
  • Why is Baseline Data are Important?
  • Types of baseline study : What Kind of Baseline Study we Need?
  • Reconstructing Baseline Data

Evaluation Design

  • What is an Evaluation Design ?
  • 3 Types of Evaluation Design
  • Randomized design- in practices
  • Control group and project group
  • Sample size -what size is acceptable
  • The Right Design is Key to Planning a Successful Evaluation
  • 3 Key Considerations in Choosing the Design
  • Evaluation Design Continuum
  • What Questions Can Evaluation Address?
  • Simple Design
  • Simple Cross-Sectional Design
  • Before and After Design
  • Time Series
  • Panel Design
  • Case Study Design
  • The Right Design is Key to Planning a Successful Evaluation

Methods for Data Collection

  • Review of methods on data collection
  • Study approach to use various data collection methods
  • Engagement strategy and method
  • Data Collection from Individuals
  • Data Collection from Groups
  • Data Collection from Observations

Data Collection from Existing Data

  • Engagement Strategy for Elderly Persons
  • Engagement Strategy for Indigenous People
  • Pro-poor Engagement Strategy
  • Engagement Strategy for Persons with Disabilities
  • Engagement Strategy for Youth
  • Online Engagement Tool
  • Engagement Strategy and Methods
  • Formulating Questions for Evaluation

 The Learning in MEL

    • Data
    • Evidence
    • Measurement
    • Unpacked Errors
    • Reporting
  • Modern Learning Platforms
  • Let’s Take a Look at – Knowledge Management
  • Let’s Take a Look at – Online Learning
  • Let’s Take a Look at – Innovation
  • Let’s Take a Look at – Start-up
  • Let’s Take a Look at – Sandbox
  • Community of Practice (COP)
  • Action Learning
  • Scenario Testing


  • MEL Report
  • MEL Report – Example of Dashboard
  • Overall Approach for Results Alignment
  • Organization Mapping Scenario
  • Development Strategy Scenario
  • Stakeholders Engagement Scenario
  • Knowledge Management Scenario

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