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Monitoring and Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Course

By: Upskill Development Institute

Kenya

07 - 18 Feb, 2022  12 days

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USD 2,000

Venue: Upskill Development Training Center

For all the successful programs one should have a good knowledge of monitoring, evaluation, accountability, and learning (MEAL) which is the part of everyday program management and sometimes can be critical too. It would be difficult to track progress, make adjustments, discover unplanned effects of programs, or judge the impact without MEAL, that have been made on the lives of those whom we are working.

The overall MEAL system helps individuals and teams to be accountable to stakeholders through information sharing and developing complaints or feedback mechanism which can help to guide program implementation. The MEAL training introduces participants to its concepts and practices. It will stimulate ideas on how to design and implement monitoring and evaluation processes that strengthen accountability and learning, and so promote project, program, and strategy effectiveness.

Learning Objectives

  • Develop an understanding of the basic principles underlying MEAL
  • Design and implement MEAL strategies, systems, and frameworks
  • Develop and support the use of MEAL tools and practices in program development
  • Supporting the development of MEAL workpieces such as program baselines, mid-term reviews and end lines
  • Equip participants with an understanding of the major tools and best practices involved in MEAL
  • Provide participants effective rules of thumb and a framework to approach methodological issues in MEAL
  • Collect data, ensure data quality management, and analyses the data
  • Understand project reporting by using MEAL

Course Duration

10 Days

Who Should Attend?

  • Variety of program staff,
  • Management team members and thematic staff
  • Project Management Officials
  • Government officials
  • Program managers
  • Policymakers and program implementers
  • Development practitioners and activists and NGO and CSO members,

Course Outline

Module 1: Introduction Monitoring and Evaluation

  • M and E and the project/program cycle
  • Importance of M and E
  • Purposes and uses of M and E
  • Identifying gaps in M and E
  • Barriers to effective M and E

Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning  (MEAL) overview

  • Introduction to MEAL
  • MEAL Components
  • Purposes and functions of MEAL
  • MEAL approach
  • How MEAL changes M and E
  • Challenges to MEAL

Module 2: Frameworks and MEAL Cycle

  • Frameworks and approaches informing MEAL
  • The language used in MEAL
  • The MEAL cycle
  • Exploring key elements of a MEAL plan
  • Defining indicators
  • Designing, implementation, and management of a MEAL framework

Module 3: MEAL Planning and Budgeting

MEAL planning

  • Planning and budgeting of MEAL
  • Planning and Budgeting relationship.
  • Tools for planned monitoring and evaluation activities
  • How do I get started? - Practicals and application
  • Identifying project/program goals.
  • Identifying project/program indicators and targets.
  • Selecting data collection methods and data sources for prioritized indicators in your MEAL plan
  • Decide upon your data analysis, quality assurance/validation, and management strategy.
  • Identify your strategy for reporting and disseminating data.

 MEAL Budgeting

  • Activities based MEAL budgeting
  • Components of the Budget
  • Exercise: MEAL Plan and corresponding budget

Module 4: Accountability and Learning

  • Meaning of accountability mean in practice
  • Aspects of accountability.
  • Importance of Accountability
  • Information sharing
  • Participation
  • Handling Complaints
  • Learning and its role
  • Exercise: Incorporating Accountability and Learning in Projects

Module 5: Baseline and evaluation design and management

  • The purpose and use of baselines and evaluations
  • Purpose and use of needs assessments, situation analysis,
  • Baselines, evaluations and real-time reviews
  • Importance of baseline for monitoring and evaluation
  • Steps in planning and undertaking baselines and evaluations

Module 6: Survey Planning and Implementation Types of surveys

  • The survey design and process
  • Methods of survey sampling and determining the Sample size
  • Data collection techniques and tools
  • Designing survey questionnaires
  • Pretesting research tools for Validity and Reliability
  • Conducting the survey
  • After the survey
  • Exercise: Planning for a survey

Module 7: MEAL Data Collection: Mobile Based Data Collection (ODK)

  • Introduction to mobile phone data collection
  • Advantages and challenges of Mobile Application
  • Components of Open Data Kit (ODK)
  • Install ODK Collect into mobile devices
  • Designing and creating Forms
  • ODK Aggregate Server
  • Exercise: Mobile Based Data Collection using ODK

Module 8: Data Quality Management, Tabulation, and graphical presentation of data (SPSS/Stata/R)

Data Quality Management

  • Types of variables (Numerical, discrete variables, dummy variables,
  • Entering categorical and continuous data
  • Defining and labeling variables
  • Validation and Sorting variables
  • Transforming, recording and computing variables

   Tabulation and graphical presentation of data

  • Descriptive Statistics
  • Frequency Tables
  • Tables for categorical data
  • Graphs and charts
  • Exercise: Data Management, Graphing, and Tabulations

Module 9: Data analysis and interpretation and use (SPSS/Stata/R)

  • Hypothesis testing
  • Comparing Means.
  • Regression and Correlation analysis
  • Interpreting the data
  • Introduction to analyzing qualitative data and qualitative data analysis software
  • Exercise: Data Analysis and interpretation

Module 10: Project reporting through MEAL

  • Use of MEAL data in Reporting
  • Communication activities to partners and stakeholders
  • Lessons learned
  • Decisions making
  • Recap

Training Approach

This course will be delivered by our skilled trainers who have vast knowledge and experience as expert professionals in the fields. The course is taught in English and through a mix of theory, practical activities, group discussion and case studies. Course manuals and additional training materials will be provided to the participants upon completion of the training.

Training Venue

The training will be held at our Upskill Training Centre. We also offer training for a group (at a discount of 10% to 50%) at requested location all over the world. The course fee covers the course tuition, training materials, two break refreshments, and buffet lunch.

Visa application, travel expenses, airport transfers, dinners, accommodation, insurance, and other personal expenses are catered by the participant

Certification

Participants will be issued with Upskill certificate upon completion of this course.

Upskill Development Training Center Feb 07 - 18 Feb, 2022

Class Session: 09:00:am - 04:00:am

USD 2,000.00
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We offer 10% to 50% discount for a group of more than two
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