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Monitoring and Evaluation of Community and Development Projects

3 Day Training

Dates: 19 – 23 August 2024
Locations: Johannesburg, South Africa
Platform: Available In-Class / Online

Price: Available on Request

Course Introduction

Within the ‘M&E of Community and Development Projects’ training program, Projects in Community Development aim to be catalysts for beneficial transformations within their focus demographics. Evaluating the actual impact of these initiatives is often a complex and overlooked task. To genuinely assess the tangible results of such programs, it is crucial to employ systematic monitoring and evaluation (M&E) methodologies.


The ‘M&E of Community and Development Projects’ training program, held in Sandton, Johannesburg, equips participants with cutting-edge quantitative and qualitative methods for measuring the influence and effectiveness of community and development projects. This program endows its participants with the essential skills and knowledge required to conduct rigorous evaluations of project outcomes. The curriculum is extensive, encompassing all key elements of M&E, from initial planning and design to the implementation and practical application of M&E systems and tools.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this intensive Monitoring and Evaluation of Community and Development Projects training course, the participants will be able to:

  • Explain the role of community leadership in project development.

  • Understand methods for assessing the economic, social, environmental, and institutional impact

  • Assess the Cost-effectiveness of Development Programs

  • Identify and select the most suitable impact evaluation options while considering budget, time, and data constraints.

  • Create a Plan for an operational and participatory M&E System

  • Collect, Triangulate, Process and analyze Project Data

  • Report and disseminate evaluation findings.

  • Suggest recommendations for Future Programs and Projects

Who should attend?

The Monitoring and Evaluation of Community and Development Projects program is best suit for:

  • Project Heads, Managers, Officers and Coordinators

  • Development Practitioners

  • Government Officials

  • Staff of NGOs and other development Organizations

  • Staff of Donor Organizations

  • Researchers

  • Project Performance Managers

  • Independent Evaluators

Public Sector Courses

Training Methodology

Our diverse instructional approaches ensure effective learning:

– Lectures & Presentations: Engage with expert-driven, stimulating content.
– Course Material: Access well-crafted supporting resources.
– Group Work: Collaborate on discussions and case studies for practical insights.
– Workshops & Role-Play: Participate in immersive, scenario-based activities.
– Practical Application: Focus on applying theoretical knowledge in real situations.
– Post-Training Support: Receive extensive support after training for skill implementation.

Training Outline

Day 1: Foundations of Project Management in Community Development

  • Introduction to the core concepts and principles of Project Management.

  • Exploration of the Project Life Cycle and its critical phases.

  • Discussion on contemporary Issues in Development.

  • Examination of various Development Frameworks.

  • Identification and categorization of different types of Communities.

  • Strategies for Community Empowerment and engagement.

  • Equitable Distribution Of Development resources and opportunities.

Day 2: Strategic Design and Stakeholder Engagement

  • Methodologies for Designing Community and Development Projects.

  • Critical analysis of Community involvement in development project design.

  • Comprehensive overview of Project Cycle Management.

  • Utilization of Stakeholder Analysis Matrix and influence Mapping.

  • Tools for effective Project Implementation and Control.

  • Introduction to the foundations of Development Project Monitoring & Evaluation.

Day 3: Institutional Capacity Building for Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Assessing Organizational Readiness for results-Based Management, Monitoring, and Evaluation.

  • Defining key concepts: Monitoring, Reporting, Control, Audit, Research, and Evaluation.

  • Techniques for Program and Project Evaluability Assessment.

  • Structuring M&E plans, establishing Baseline metrics.

  • Techniques for Project Auditing.

  • Evaluation of Project Management Systems and Practices.

  • Formulation and Validation of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).

  • Community engagement in the Monitoring Process.

Day 4: Risk Management and Evaluation Methodologies

  • Framework for Project Risk Management.

  • Coordination strategies with national bodies, steering committees, and project staff.

  • Evaluation of social and institutional change.

  • Techniques for Measuring and Assessing results and impacts.

  • Comprehensive assessment of economic, social, and environmental impacts.

  • Conducting Post-Project Evaluation.

  • Detailed examination of the Logical Framework (LOGFRAME).

  • Implementation of Surveys and Sampling techniques.

  • Critical analysis of Data characteristics and sources.

  • Overview of Appraisal and rapid appraisal techniques.

Fifth Day: Data Management, Analysis, and Reporting

  • Standards and best practices in Data Management.

  • Organizational strategies for managing information and data.

  • In-depth Monitoring and Evaluation of Data Analysis and Interpretation.

  • Utilization-focused approaches to evaluation.

  • Evaluation of advocacy activities and capacity-building interventions.

  • Techniques for Determining and presenting data outputs.

  • Consultative communication methods with stakeholders.

  • Crafting a comprehensive Project Performance Audit Report.

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