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Development Evaluation Training Programme in Africa (DETPA) 2019

DETPA is a contextually relevant, practice-based M&E programme that aims to promote evidence-informed decision-making for sustainable socio-economic development. The programme aims to build a community of M&E professionals equipped with skills, knowledge and tools, which are fit-for-purpose to address local and global development challenges. This is achieved via a combination of theory and practice based approaches aimed at stimulating interactive participation, critical reflection and debate.

Duration: 10 days with an option to attend individual modules

Cost:

  • Price per track: R 28 000
  • Price per individual module: R 6 800

Participants registered for an individual module, will be issued with a CLEAR-AA certificate for that specific module. Participants registered for either the Fundamentals or Advanced track, will be issued with a University of the Witwatersrand certificate for the entire programme.

Who Should Attend?

Courses are designed to build the capacity of M&E practitioners, evaluators and new entrants who require high-quality introductory training. The course is also suitable for decision makers and development workers who would like to refresh their knowledge and improve their use of evidence to inform decision-making

The course is suitable for the following individuals:

  • M&E Officers
  • M&E Specialists
  • Professionals in the public sector
  • Professionals in the development sector
  • Programme managers
  • Professionals in the NGO sector
About the Course

Participants can choose between the Fundamentals track and the Advanced track, or an option to attend individual modules. The Fundamentals and Advanced tracks are presented in parallel over a period of two weeks.

Fundamentals Track:

Suitable for policy makers, programme managers, development workers, new entrants to M&E and those who need a refresher course on M&E fundamentals. The first week of the course provides an introduction to Results Based Management, including modules on Problem Analysis, building a Theory of Change and a Results Framework.  The second week focuses on the basics of evaluation, including evaluation types, management and use.

Advanced Track:

This track is designed to enhance the knowledge and expertise of experienced evaluators and M&E practitioners. The course explores M&E and development in Africa from a “Made in Africa” perspective and reviews advanced evaluation methods, including impact evaluation. It examines evaluation methods in complex environments and the importance of contextual relevance in evaluation in Africa.

Overview of the Modules

Fundamentals Track

Module F1:  M&E Planning and Management

Module

Topics

Day 1: Situating monitoring and evaluation in development interventions

  • M&E Introduction & Overview
  • Defining the purpose & scope of M&E
  • Differentiating monitoring from evaluation
  • Working in development - addressing uncertainty & complexity
  • Introduction to complexity & systems thinking
  • The African Evaluation Challenge: Made in Africa Evaluation

Introduction to Results Based Management 

  • Identification & planning for conditions & capacities that support an effective M&E system
  • Identifying & supporting needed M&E capabilities
  • Engaging stakeholder& establishing an evaluative climate
  • M&E frameworks
  • Connecting programme design & M&E frameworks
  • Linking M&E to projects and programmes

 

Module F2: Public and Development Sector Results-Based Management

Day 2: Organization-wide M&E Systems and Organizing Frameworks (12 Components + 10 Steps)

  • Identification & planning for conditions & capacities that support an effective M&E system
  • Identifying & supporting needed M&E capabilities
  • Engaging stakeholder& establishing an evaluative climate
  • M&E frameworks
  • Connecting programme design & M&E frameworks
  • Linking M&E to projects and programmes

Day 3: Intro to Theory of Change (TOC)

  • Introduction to Theory of Change
  • Programme logic and intervention theory
  • Addressing issues of complexity
  • Linking the TOC to the policy cycle

Day 4: Approaches to Problem Analysis and Results Chain

  • Determinants and causal pathways of social problems
  • Problem Analysis
  • Strengths and Weaknesses of problem analysis approaches
  • Critique of results “chains” and “causal” linkages
  • Building an outcomes tree and results chain
  • Identifying causal linkages
  • Indicator Development
  • Identifying and addressing gaps

Stakeholder Analysis

  • Stakeholder Analysis
  • Case-study

Day 5: Integration and Application of Learning (Half Day)

  • Reflective and Reflexive sessions aimed at locating the M&E concepts within participants practices
  • Participants to present a TOC or M&E plan based on the case study, group work, role plays etc
  • Discussion and Feedback

Module F3: Introduction to Evaluation

Day 6: Evaluation in Public Policy and Development Management

  • What is evaluation?
  • The purpose of evaluation
  • When to use it?
  • Accountability, learning and evidence
  • Situation Analyses/Diagnostics

Forms and Types of Evaluations

  • Evaluation in different stages of the programme cycle
  • Formative, Summative and Developmental Evaluation
  • Evaluation and Adaptive Management
  • Evaluation Typologies
  • Evaluation “lenses” (Gender, Youth, etc)

Day 7: Designing, Managing and Commissioning Evaluations

  • The evaluation TOR
  • Questions, audience, purpose, criteria, scope, form, collection methods etc
  • Managing consultants and evaluation teams
  • Oversight committees and reference groups
  • Logistics and field work

Day 8: Data Communication and Use

  • Communication of results
  • Using & reporting M&E findings
  • Sustaining the M&E culture

Day 9: : Integration and Application of Learning

  • Reflective and Reflexive sessions aimed at applying Evaluation concepts into their practices
  • Participants to apply Evaluation concepts in different types of evaluations based case study via Group work, role plays etc
  • Discussion and Feedback

Day 10: Integration and Application of Learning (Half Day)

  • Group Presentations
  • Discussion and Feedback
Advanced Track

Module A1: Made in Africa Evaluation

Module

Topics

Day 1: M&E and development in Africa – a “ Made in Africa perspective”

  • Achieving transformative growth and sustainable development in Africa
  • Achieving the objectives of the AU Agenda 2063
  • Mainstreaming the SDGS

Day 2: History and development of the MAE approach

  • Background and History to MAE
  • Importance of MAE

MAE:  methods, approaches and tools

  • M&E design and the recognition of context (diversity and its manifestation - cultures, religions, languages, histories, gender, ethnicity etc.)
  • The extractive nature of evaluation of current evaluation practice and its benefits to communities
  • Evaluation results and reality: dealing with disjunctures
  • African data collection methods and the problems of marginalisation

Module A2: Deepening Evaluation

Day 3:  Design evaluation and Evaluability Assessments

  • Effective design of evidence-based development interventions
  • Interrogating the Theory of Change
  • Review of Logic Models and Results Chains
  • Strong and Weak designs
  • Ensuring effective implementation: the “science of implementation”

Advanced Evaluation Methods

  • Ontological foundations of Evaluation Methods and their influence on the choice of methods
  • An overview of Evaluation Approaches, designs and methods: incl. theory-driven, participatory, democratic, empowerment, realist, appreciative enquiry, contribution assessment
  • TOC and logic models: A refresher
  • Revisiting Indicator Development and Application
  • Quality Data Management

Day 4: Evaluation values and the value of evaluation

  • Ensuring and assessing the quality of evaluations (issues of design, data and analysis)
  • Improving practice: systematizing data and its analysis, and peer review mechanisms.
  • Transforming evaluation to knowledge: the development of a science of evaluation.
  • Evaluation Standards and ethics
  • Professionalisation, accreditation, credentialing and certification

Grand Challenges for Evaluation

  • The intersection of the SDGs, the 4th Industrial Revolution, the Digital Economy and the Human Economy
  • The impact of technology and big data in development and evaluation
  • Buzzwords or the sign of our times?: “experimentation”, “adaptive management”, “sustaining impact”, “inequality”, “context”, “complex systems”, “nudge theory”, “sustainability”, and “resilience”.
  • Systems thinking and complexity science: the influence on evaluation theories and methods
  • The rising demand for evaluation capacity building in governments, the development of national M&E systems and the mainstreaming of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • Strategic thematic evaluations (inequality, gender), country programmes, and transboundary influences (e.g. global value chains, global policy regimes, climate change mitigation)
  • Development funding and the SDG funding gap
  • Advocacy for evaluation and evidence in a “post-truth” era

Day 5: Integration and Application of Learning (Half Day)

  • Reflective and Reflexive sessions aimed at reflecting participants understanding and critique of the current Evaluation discourses.
  • Integration of theory and practice - participants present a case study via Group work and
  • to apply Evaluation concepts in different types of evaluations based case study via Group work and role plays etc
  • Discussion and Feedback

Module 3A: Impact Evaluation

Day 6: Impact Evaluation

  • What is Impact Evaluation?
  • 4 Key purposes of Impact Evaluation
  • Programmes well-suited to Impact Evaluation
  • 5 Focuses of Evaluation Questions
  • 5 Steps to conducting an Impact Evaluation
  • Impact Evaluation Methods
  • Causality and attribution
  • The counterfactual
  • Randomised experiments
  • Quasi-experimental methods
  • Non-experimental methods
  • Internal and External Validity

Day 7 & 8: Data collection for impact evaluation

  • The evaluation TOR
  • Questions, audience, purpose, criteria, scope, form, collection methods etc.
  • Managing consultants and evaluation teams
  • Oversight committees and reference groups
  • Logistics and field work

 

Day 9: Integration and Application of Learning

  • Reflective and Reflexive sessions aimed at integration theory with practice - participants present an impact evaluation case study via Group work and
  • Discussion and Feedback

 

Module 4A: Impact Evaluation

 

Day 10: Introduction to Evaluating Impact Investing

  • Defining Impact Investments
  • Elements of an Impact Investments
  • The Impact Investing Ecosystem
  • Difference between II and CSR

 

Day 10: Certificate ceremony

 

 

 

 

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