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MLC 239 - Monitoring and Evaluation ,Accountability and Learning (MEAL)

Code Start Date Duration Venue
MLC 239 23 October 2023 5 Days London Registration Form Link
MLC 239 27 November 2023 5 Days Muscat Registration Form Link
MLC 239 25 December 2023 5 Days Istanbul Registration Form Link
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Course Description

The overall MEAL system helps individuals and teams to be accountable to stakeholders through information sharing and developing complaints or feedback mechanism which can help to guide program implementation. The MEAL training introduces participants to its 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, program and strategy effectiveness.Participants will increase their understanding of MEAL, test their new knowledge through case-based scenarios, and enhance their ability to track the progress and impact of their projects.

Course Objectives

  • Understanding of the basic principles underlying MEAL
  • Learning how to design and implement MEAL strategies, systems, and frameworks
  • Explaining the use of MEAL tools and practices in program development
  • Identifying the development of MEAL workpieces such as program baselines, mid-term reviews and end lines
  • Understanding of the major tools and best practices involved in MEAL
  • Gaining insights into effective rules of thumb and a framework to approach methodological issues in MEAL
  • Learning how to ollect data, ensure data quality management and analyses the data
  • Understanding project reporting by using MEAL

Who Should Attend?

  • Executives
  • Managers
  • Supervisors
  • Anyone who is or will be responsible for managing teams or individuals

Course Details/Schedule

Day 1

  • Monitoring and Evaluation(M&E) and the project/program cycle
  • Importance of M&E
  • Purposes and uses of M&E
  • Identifying gaps in M&E
  • Barriers to effective M&E
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning  (MEAL) overview
  • MEAL Components
  • Purposes and functions of MEAL
  • MEAL approach
  • How MEAL changes M&E
  • Challenges to MEAL

Day 2

  • Tools for planned monitoring and evaluation activities
  • Project/program goals
  • Project/program indicators and targets
  • Selecting data collection methods and data sources 
  • Data analysis, quality assurance/validation, and management strategy
  • Identify strategy for reporting and disseminating data
  • Activities based MEAL budgeting
  • Components of the budget
  • Aspects and Importance of accountability.
  • Information sharing and participation
  • Handling Complaints
  • Learning and its role 

Day 3

  • 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
  • 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
  • What to do after the survey

Day 4

  •  Introduction to mobile phone data collection
  • Advantages and challenges of Mobile Applications
  • Open Data Kit (ODK)
  • Data Quality Management
  • Types of variables
  • Entering categorical and continuous data
  • Defining and labeling variables
  • Validation and Sorting variables
  • Transforming, recording and computing variables
  • Tabulation and graphical presentation of data

Day 5

  • Descriptive Statistics
  • Frequency Tables
  • Tables for categorical data
  • Graphs and charts
  • Data analysis and interpretation and use (SPSS/Stata/R)
  • Hypothesis testing
  • Comparing Means
  • Regression and Correlation analysis
  • Interpreting the data
  • Use of MEAL data  in Reporting
  • Communication activities to partners and stakeholders