Monitoring and Evaluation Leadership in Learning Course
 

Monitoring and Evaluation Leadership in Learning Course

Cost

Enrollment is $625 per registrant, including a $10 fee for 1.0 Continuing Education Units (CEU). Registrants not wishing to earn a CEU may opt-out during registration.

Course Description

Donors and funding agencies are increasingly mandating the use of adaptive management approaches in their programs. This approach depends upon a robust monitoring, evaluation, and learning plan guided by leaders who can facilitate activities across cultures, stakeholder groups, and dynamic political and contextual environments.

This eight-week course provides development professionals with the necessary tools to meet the sophisticated requirements for program monitoring and evaluation (M&E). The course is founded in an ethical understanding of development that empowers, enriches, and enables individuals and communities. Participants draw from their own foundations and experiences to inform methods and data collection strategies that align to ethical evaluation practices, resulting in enhanced leadership competencies.  The course mimics real-world project activities beginning with developing a log-frame, results framework, or theory of change and ending with testing of data instruments in KoBo Toolbox for use in off-grid data collection. This practical application provides students with a set of skills to design, organize, operationalize, and utilize a robust M&E system that supports adaptive program management and learning.

The course is structured around small group learning that encourages students to become comfortable designing and leading systems that embrace uncertainty and ambiguity. Incorporating context into program design is the new norm for development programs and adds a measure of realism to maximize project impacts, outcomes, and sustainability. Students will learn how to use M&E systems to foster attitudes of flexibility and discovery that challenge assumptions, are receptive to local guidance and context, and ensure locally relevant program results.

Why This Course?

Students will gain valuable experience designing, organizing, operationalizing, and utilizing an M&E system for program learning and reporting. Professional content is pulled from examples and experience gained by the instructor while also incorporating student experiences and knowledge. While focused on the development profession broadly, there is no sectoral focus to the course. Skills to be covered include:

  • Designing frameworks for management and performance reporting
  • Planning an evaluation, incorporating techniques specific to various sectors
  • Choosing and designing indicators
  • Planning for qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis
  • Operationalizing an M&E system
  • Using mobile data collection platforms
  • Communicating insights from data to challenge assumptions, guide program management choices, and report on program performance

 

Professional Advancement

The Monitoring and Evaluation Leadership in Learning Course is designed for development professionals eager to learn how M&E systems run “on the ground” and how they can be used to increase program effectiveness. An understanding of or experience with logic models or logical frameworks, results frameworks, and basic statistics (ability to calculate means, medians, maximums, and minimums from empirical data) are necessary for this course. Learning is facilitated through small group interactions designed to forge meaningful relationships that are expected to last beyond the eight-week course duration.


Instructor Biography

  

Kim Castelin is a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) specialist for the Division of Global Research and Engagement in the Office of International Programs at Washington State University (WSU). Most recently, she served as the Director for Monitoring & Evaluation on the Afghanistan Agricultural Extension Program II, a $20M USAID-funded program that built the technical and teaching capacity of Afghanistan's Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock to deliver effective and sustainable extension services to Afghan farmers. 

Ms. Castelin also has previous experience working with M&E systems in Tajikistan and Kenya on agricultural value chains and nutrition-focused, small-scale agriculture systems known as homestead gardens, respectively. She is a member of the American Evaluation Association and is a member of the teaching evaluation thematic group within that organization. She is interested in researching how traditional systems for resource management interact with external management policies in conflict and post-conflict settings. Ms. Castelin holds a Masters in Applied Economics from the University of Idaho and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences at Washington State University.