November 24 – December 5, 2014
Policymakers, program staff and researchers face many questions related to the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of population, health and nutrition programs in developing countries. There is, however, a shortage of staff with the skills to answer these questions. Such monitoring and evaluation skills are crucial to the successful implementation, design, monitoring and evaluation of population, nutrition and health programs. In order to build the capacity of professionals in Asia and the other regions, a three-week non-degree course will provide training in the fundamentals of monitoring and evaluation tools and techniques.
Workshop Objectives : At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to
- Identify decisions that can be informed by M&E information;
- Formulate questions that need to be answered in order to make informed decisions;
- Understand and construct frameworks for conceptualizing the factors that influence the success of programs in reaching their goals and logically explaining how program activities contribute to its objectives;
- Develop realistic and targeted goals and objectives;
- Understand and be able to select good indicators appropriate to the programs;
- Understand information systems and the flow of data;
- Understand data quality and its role in M&E;
- Understand how to disseminate and use M&E information strategically;
- Understand how to develop and implement M&E plans;
- Gain hands-on experience in designing monitoring and evaluation plans.
Course Content :
- The workshop offers an intensive training that will cover the fundamental concepts and tools for monitoring and evaluating population, health and nutrition programs.
- The course will include sessions on M&E Frameworks; Selecting, Calculating and Interpreting Indicators; Information Systems; Impact Evaluation Designs; Developing M&E Plans; and Facilitating the Use of Strategic Information.
- Hands-on experience in designing monitoring and evaluation plans will be gained by doing exercises, and working in small groups throughout the workshop.
- A fieldwork component will involve visiting health facilities and/or NGOs implementing health programs.
- The participant groups will present the results of their projects during the final day of the workshop
Eligibility : The course is designed for entry-level to mid-level health and population officers, program managers and other professionals involved with the implementation of population, health and nutrition programs, and who are seeking an introduction to the fundamentals of monitoring and evaluation. Applicants should be proficient in English, have some analytic skills and have current responsibilities for developing monitoring and evaluation plans for health programs. Computer literacy and experience with data systems would be an advantage.
Faculty : The course will be taught by faculty members of the Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University; and other experts from other government, non-governmental and international agencies working on monitoring and evaluation of population, health and nutrition programs in Thailand or the Region.
Application procedures and deadlines : Persons who wish to take part in the workshop should send the completed application forms and other application documents as soon as possible to:
Application materials should arrive in Thailand no later than October 24, 2014. Workshop information and application forms are available online at: www.ipsr.mahidol.ac.th
Cost of the Workshop:
The course fee including health and accident insurance will be $2,600. Accommodation and living expenses for the workshop will be approximately $1,600.
Prospective applicants are advised to seek funding from their home organizations or from national or international agencies. Applicants who have requested funding should submit their application forms to meet the deadline, and copies of application materials should be submitted directly to those agencies. When funding is confirmed, the applicant should contact the Institute for Population and Social Research as soon as possible.
Interested candidates who obtain funding after the October 20 deadline are encouraged to submit late applications, as space may still be available for participants who are fully funded.
Accommodations : Accommodations will be in the same hotel where the workshop will be held. The hotel is in Bangkok, conveniently located on bus lines, sky train lines and near a variety of restaurants, shopping malls, and movie theaters.
Contact Information :
Associate Professor Uraiwan Kanungsukkasem, PhD
Tel: +66 2441 0201ext. 504 Fax: +662 441 9333
Workshop information and application forms are accessible at: www.ipsr.mahidol.ac.th
24 November – 5 December 2014