The Relevance of the Pedagogical Design in Monitoring and Evaluation Training

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Autor: Murad Alhousani/ Is originally from Palestine, studied at the University of Berziet and has collaborated in IFAD and We Effect projects.

The Fundamentals of M&E Program is a reliable method of training that changes concepts and guides you effectively.

I participated in both courses from the Fundamentals of Monitoring and Evaluation Program that my colleagues from the IFAD suggested me to participate.

After nearly 12 years of continuous practical experience in monitoring and evaluation, at first, I expected the course to be a general reading of the fundamentals of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and that it was a routine workshop. However, it turned out to be an advanced and high-level program. After I participated in it and finished the first and second course, I would like to highlight the following points:

  • I found out that the Fundamentals of Monitoring and Evaluation Program is an applied professional program that has a direct impact on the trainee immediately. This is reflected through the discussion of ideas during the course and how they transform into practical concepts that change and develop the M&E process.
  • In my case, as I had practical experience, the training course had an impact, as I updated and developed the M&E process, as well as developing strategic knowledge to facilitate the access of information for decision-makers in an effective manner.

I am very impressed, and I am strongly convinced of the pedagogical model that mix individual activities with live study sessions. I want to underline two remarkable aspects. In first place, the course design, which is progressive and requires weekly readings of all the educational materials and completing all the exercises and assignments of one module before moving forward to the next one. Also, at the end of each course, you can evaluate the training materials, trainers and give feedback on any logistic issue. In second place, the training material itself, the information can be read during the week, and then during the open session, all the presentations are analyzed through group discussions, exchange of experiences and practical applications.

Qualitative and quantitative data analysis is one the most useful training model which enables the trainee to understand and explain the processes involved in data analysis and, at the same time, visualize the outputs and results.

The most essential contribution is that, upon the completion of the program, the trainees can be creative in the process of implementing the M&E process for projects and programs in an effective and efficient manner.

I can say that by the end of the course with this remarkable training design- and with the continuous commitment of the trainees, all the objectives of the course are in effect achieved.

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