Monitoring & Evaluating, Accountability and LearningTraining (26TH JUNE to 7TH JULY 2017)

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Monitoring, evaluation, accountability, and learning (MEAL) are part of everyday
programme management and are critical to the success of all programmes.
MEAL technical quality is very important across a portfolio of projects.
Without an effective MEAL system we would be unable to track progress,
make adjustments, discover unplanned effects of programmes, or judge the
impact that we have made on the lives of those with whom we are
working. A MEAL system also helps individuals and teams to be
accountable to stakeholders through information sharing and developing a
complaints or feedback mechanism which can help to guide programme
implementation. This training introduces participants to MEAL 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, programme and strategy effectiveness.

This is a general training is targeting variety of programme staff,
management team members and thematic staff, Project Management
Officials, government officials, programme managers; policy makers and
programme implementers; development practitioners and activists and NGO
and CSO members,


10 days


The training will enable participants to;

  • Develop an understanding about 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 work pieces such as program baselines, mid-term reviews and endlines
  • 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


Module 1: Introduction Monitoring & Evaluation
M&E and the project/programme cycle
Importance of M&EPurposes and uses of M&E
Identifying gaps in M&E
Barriers to effective M&E
Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) overview
Introduction to MEAL
MEAL Components
Purposes and functions of MEAL
MEAL approach
How MEAL changes M&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?- Practical’s and application
Identifying project/programme goals.
Identifying project/programme indicators and targets.
Selecting data collection methods and data sources for prioritised 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 practiceAspects of accountability.Importance of Accountability
Information sharing
Handling Complains 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 Applications
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, recoding 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 softwares
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


This training can also be customized for your institution upon request. You can have it delivered your preferred location.
For further inquiries, please contact us on details below:
Tel: +254 (0) 739167709.
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Participants should be reasonably proficient in English.


The course fee covers the course tuition, training materials, two break refreshments, lunch, and study visits.
All participants will additionally cater for their, travel expenses, visa application, insurance, and other personal expenses.


Accommodation is arranged upon request. For reservations contact us below.
Email: [email protected]
Mob: +254 7739167709


Payment should be transferred to Versed Professional Services account through bank 7 days before commencement of training.
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