Monitoring & Evaluation: Planning and Practice

Learning Opportunities


Monitoring & Evaluation: Planning and Practice

May 04, 2017 - 9:00am to May 05, 2017 - 5:00pm

Washington , DC , United States


Apu Patel , Ryan LaPrairie

Language: English

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This two-day workshop 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, this highly participatory course is just what you need. 

Who Should Attend

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.

What You Will Learn

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:

  • Justify investments in M&E to drive stronger project planning, design, and implementation
  • Develop a project logical framework with clear goals, outcomes, outputs, and activities
  • Write clear, useful indicators
  • Evaluate data sources, data collection methods, and data quality
  • Identify the various types of evaluation methodologies and how to consider which, if any, to integrate into your project
  • Assess and employ methods to document, share, and disseminate learning throughout the project cycle​

The Inside NGO Advantage

For 40 years, InsideNGO has been “inside” the NGO community, supporting organizations as they address the world’s most pressing social issues. Our learning activities are designed to help you and your organization build capacity, strengthen decision-making, develop more efficient systems, and identify effective solutions to important challenges. Our training programs are modeled on the best practices in adult learning. In today’s complex operating environment, learning has never been more important, and we take great pride in being your partner in professional and organizational development.



  • Expectations, objectives, course agenda, and process

Session 1: Overview

  • Learning, Monitoring, and Evaluation Studies in the project cycle
  • Value Proposition for your work – Why invest?


Session 2: The Learning, Monitoring, and Evaluation Cycle

  • Knowledge Management in your organization
  • Knowledge Management in the Project Management Cycle


Session 3: Learning, Monitoring, and Evaluation – Project Design and Setup

  • Applying Learning, Monitoring, and Evaluation methods and tools
  • Proposal development process – Needs assessment, problem analysis, stakeholder analysis
  • Intervention strategy


Session 4: Learning, Monitoring, and Evaluation – Project Design and Setup

  • Frameworks – building the project logic and casual pathways
  • Logic Models development and use throughoutthe project’s life

Session 5: Day 1 Feedback

  • Learning and sharing – reflections, questions, ideas, and issues
  • Evaluation of Day 1
  • Close


Session 6: Feedback on Day 1

  • Review of content and feedback from Day 1

Session 7: Learning, Monitoring, and Evaluation in Planning

  • Project Indicators and targets
  • Budget Development


Session 8: Learning, Monitoring, and Evaluation in Implementation

  • Learning, Monitoring, and Evaluation Team Roles
  • Data Sources, Data Collection, and Quality Mgmt

Session 9: Learning, Monitoring, and Evaluation in Implementation, Continued

  • Data Use – collaborating, adapting, learning and monitoring progress
  • Team and partner meetings for reflection, learning, and adapting
  • Reporting schedule


Session 9: Learning, Monitoring, and Evaluation in Implementation, Continued

  • Change Request process
  • Issue/Change logs

Session 10: Learning, Monitoring, and Evaluation in Project Closeout/Transition

  • After Action Review
  • Evaluation Studies – formative and summative evaluations

Session 11: Learning, Monitoring, and Evaluation Outcomes

  • Methods for documenting, sharing, and disseminating learning
  • What are your next steps?


Session 12: World Café

  • New developments and significant resources
  • Network building

Session 13: Course Evaluation

  • Evaluation and feedback
  • Close


FHI 360
1825 Connecticut Ave, NW
8th Floor
Washington, DC 20009

The nearest Metro stop to the workshop is Dupont Circle on the Red Line. Find a map of the DC metro system here.

Participants are responsible for making and paying for their own hotel/lodging arrangements. We have found that usually offers comparable or even lower rates than we are able to negotiate. We recommend attendees look for hotels in the Dupont Circle neighborhood. Check out some suggestions for convenient hotels.