Monitoring & Evaluation – The Basics and Beyond

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Understand M&E activities and master specific tools and approaches that can be applied to achieve program success.


The session focuses on the planning and practice of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) in the development sector. The content is focused on the key elements of monitoring, evaluation, and learning as they appear throughout the project lifecycle—from project conception to implementation through close-out. If you wish to better understand the link between M&E activities and program success, learn more about how you can best support M&E activities as part of a project team, and master specific tools and approaches that can be applied to your current work.

Target Audience

This workshop is designed for individuals who have a basic understanding of project management but limited exposure to project learning, monitoring, and evaluation. It is not intended for practitioners who already have significant M&E experience.

Key Takeaways

This workshop explores how the M&E process can strengthen program quality and accountability, as well as how donors’ objectives can often influence project learning, monitoring, and evaluation. You will learn how to:

  • identify the basic purposes and scope of M&E
  • differentiate between monitoring functions and evaluation functions
  • describe the functions of an M&E plan
  • identify the main components of an M&E plan
  • identify and differentiate between conceptual frameworks, results frameworks and  logic models (Logical Framework Analysis or LFA)
  • describe how frameworks are used for M&E planning
  • identify criteria for the selection of indicators
  • describe how indicators are linked to frameworks
  • identify types of data sources, and
  • describe how information can be used for decision-making