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Monitoring and Evaluation Training

Monitoring and Evaluation Training
A Systematic Approach

© 2016 | 464 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This one-of-a-kind book fills a gap in the literature by providing readers with a systematic approach to monitoring and evaluation (M&E) training for programs and projects. Bridging theoretical concepts with practical, how-to knowledge, authors Scott Chaplowe and J. Bradley Cousins draw upon the scholarly literature, applied resources, and over 50 years of combined experience to provide expert guidance that can be tailored to different M&E training needs and contexts, including those for novices, professionals, organizations and their staff, community members, and other groups with a desire to learn and sustain sound M&E practices.
Part I: Key Concepts of M&E Training
1. M&E Training That Makes a Difference
What is M&E Training That Makes a Difference?  
Systems Thinking for Training  
Revisiting M&E  
The Rising Demand for M&E Training  
Who Provides M&E Training?  
What Kind of M&E Training?  
Chapter Summary  
Recommended Resources  
2. The Training Landscape
What is a Training?  
Formal, Non-formal, Informal, and Incidental Education  
Training Types – A Brief Overview  
Face-to-Face Training  
Distance Training and eLearning  
Blended Learning  
Chapter Summary  
Recommended Resources  
3. The M&E Capacity Building Context
What is Evaluation Capacity Building?  
M&E Capacity Building at the Individual Level  
M&E Capacity Building at the Organizational Level  
M&E Capacity Building in the External Environment  
M&E Capacity Assessment and Strategic Planning  
Chapter Summary  
Recommended Resources  
4. Adult Learning
What is Learning?  
How Adults Learn  
Experimental Learning  
Learning Styles and Preferences  
Differentiated Instruction  
Learner-Centered Training  
Adult-Learning Principles for Effective M&E Training  
Chapter Summary  
Recommended Resources  
5. What Makes a Good M&E Trainer?
Trainer Competencies  
Recruiting a Trainer  
Chapter Summary  
Recommended Resources  
Part II: A Systematic Approach to M&E Training
6. An Overview of the ADDIE Framework for Training
ADDIE as a Systematic and Systems Approach for Training  
Why Have We Chosen the ADDIE for This Book?  
Planning to Manage the ADDIE Process  
Chapter Summary  
Recommended Resources  
7. Training Analysis
Solution Analysis  
Needs and Outcomes Analysis  
Trainee Analysis  
Context Analysis  
Task Analysis  
Gap and Causal Analysis  
Training Analysis Report  
Chapter Summary  
Recommended Resources  
8. Training Design
Identify Training Objectives  
Preparing Learning Objectives  
Organizing the Instructional Content  
Designing the Training Curriculum  
Designing Training Evalaution and Follow-Up  
Chapter Summary  
Recommended Resources  
9. Training Development and Preparation
Develop Training Materials and Resources  
Review and Pilot the Training  
Preparing for an M&E Training Workshop  
Chapter Summary  
Recommended Resources  
10. Training Implementation
Training Facilitation  
Facilitating the Workshop Introduction, Activities, and Closing  
Chapter Summary  
Recommended Resources  
11. Training Evaluation
What is Training Evaluation?  
Training Evaluation Methods - An Overview  
Training Evaluation Guidelines  
Determining Who Will Conduct Training Evaluation  
Chapter Summary  
Recommended Resources  
Part III: M&E Training Methods and Techniques
Discussion Activities  
Subgroup Formations  
Case Studies  
Learning Games  
Guest Speakers  
Panel Discussions and Debates  
Role Playing  
M&E Software Activities  
Learner Presentations  
Practicum Experiences  
Independent Learning Activities  
Review Activities  
Learning Assessment Activities  
Training Monitoring and Evaluation Activities  
Training Closing Activities  
Training Follow-Up Activities  

This text is excellent for building the capacity of trainers that help professionals and nonprofessionals to learn about program evaluation.

Lori L. Bakken
Associate Professor and Evaluation Specialist, University of Wisconsin-Madison

The book contains useful guidelines for designing effective M&E training, or for designing training generally.

John Mathiason
Managing Director, Associates for International Management Services and Professor, Cornell Institute of Public Affairs

Monitoring and Evaluation Training: A Systematic Approach reflects a meticulous review of the literature and discourse on evaluation capacity building and development to inform successful M&E training. It acknowledges the complexity of interdependent considerations, including larger organizational and societal contexts, to not only deliver effective M&E training, but also training transfer - the ability of trainees to apply M&E learning after training has been completed.

Joseph Dickman
Deputy Director, Research, Evaluation & Learning | The MasterCard Foundation

I often note that it seems like we’re endlessly training NGO staff in M&E, and frustrated with the mediocre work that results.  Effective training is so much more than just delivering or facilitating good content. What is so essential about this book is that it fills a key gap on how to effectively train for M&E, and it does so in a thorough yet digestible format. In an era of increasing demand and need for evaluation capacity building, this book is a key tool for higher quality and more sustainable results.

Christie Getman
Senior Director, Technical Support and Program Quality Unit, Lutheran World Relief

Monitoring and Evaluation Training is a very comprehensive and well-illustrated training manual which is grounded on modern theories and presents practical application of all known M&E training and facilitation tools and methods. As a former trainer in Project Cycle Management related M&E and facilitator of planning and self-evaluation workshops, I would have loved to have such a book.

Claude Hilfiker
Head Evaluation Section, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

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