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Based on 15 years of experience training and supporting various organizations in the US, Africa and Asia, we have designed a practical, engaging and customized M&E workshop just for you.
We recognize that every organization is unique and that generic M&E training may not be the most useful approach, so we work within a flexible yet guided structure that provides a foundation for understanding core M&E concepts, and then engages with your monitoring and evaluation needs and challenges through interactive conversations, games and mini-lectures.
We value and recognise the need to ensure that what is learned is applied not through case studies, but to your actual organizational M&E needs. You then gain a firm understanding of how to apply M&E in your organization and tangible ideas to continue building your M&E.
When you leave this two-day workshop, you will leave with:
Who should do this course? Project and programme officers or managers, donors and grants managers. If you’d like to leave with a solid outline of your M&E framework, ideally more than one representative from your organisation should attend.
The wicked problems facing the world today – whether it is climate change, education or healthcare challenges – have been researched and described in detail. Despite all our knowledge, understanding and experience in working with these problems, we just can’t seem to solve them on a systemic level. Why is that? How did we get here? What do we do now? These questions are explored in detail in this course.
Since the dawn of the Enlightenment, we have been taught to see the world and its workings as similar to that of a machine. We strive to work in organisations that are “well-oiled machines” and we aspire to running projects like “clock-work.” (Westley, Zimmerman, & Patton, 2009). Despite our best efforts, the real world does not always conform to our strategic plans, our protocols and success indicators.
Maybe the way that we think about problems is a fundamental part of “the problem.” For over 50 years, advances in science have begun to paint a very different picture of the world, challenging the view that people operate in the same way as machines, and that projects in the social world can be managed in the same way as a skyscraper building project.
Systems thinking and complexity theory are helping us to understand that the world is an unpredictable, evolving and complex place. We can learn much more from the tiniest of builders about making sense of the world, getting things done and solving complex problems.
At the end of this course, you will:
Who should do this course? Government and NGO managers. Donors and grants managers. Social entrepreneurs. People that are ready to question their own worldviews, to rattle the cage, to start making a difference in their organisations, communities and companies.
This course provides a foundation for those involved in designing and implementing evaluations as well as those managing evaluations. The three interrelated modules engage in a practical yet thoughtful manner with the subject matter from the perspective of both evaluators and those managing evaluations: creating the best possible design within the limitations of time and budget is a familiar dilemma; managing evaluations seems simple, but in fact requires a complex set of competencies; and ethics is embedded in everything, and an integral part of building professional evaluation competence.
The course is designed to bring together all these aspects and to get you thinking proactively and creatively about the exciting challenges inherent in this work.
Who should attend: government employees, consultants, graduates and students of M&E, local and international funders, and NGO employees in the development sector.
We are preparing our 2018 bringing industry training and career development in research, monitoring and evaluation to business, organisations and staff.
Fia van Rensburg — Senior Researcher and Evaluator
Fia has experience of adult learning, training and capacity development, in the public, private and NGO sector. She has managed training programmes in the public sector, lectured in the private sector, and presents workshops in the NGO sector. She has a keen interest in making learning accessible, and her knowledge of neuro-linguistic representation styles and learning preferences enriches her facilitation skills.
Earlier exposure to writing unit standards and competence in designing and conducting assessments ensures that she is able to develop and conduct outcomes-based learning experiences. She is passionate about human development, and is committed to life-long learning.
Leanne Adams — Senior Evaluator
Leanne has developed qualitative and quantitative research and evaluation skills including evaluation methodology, Theory of Change development and advanced statistical analysis over the past three years, including strong experience in developing and evaluating M&E systems for social programmes for both non-governmental and public sector clients. She has for the collection of qualitative and quantitative data in the health sector, and co-facilitated our successful workshop at SAMEA’s capacity building conference in 2016.
Her main focus areas include education, health, and gender equality.
Leanne holds a Master of Philosophy in Programme Monitoring and Evaluation from the University of Cape Town, an Honours degree specialising in Psychology and is a member of the South African Monitoring and Evaluation Association.
Donna Podems, PhD
Donna Podems brings 20 years of experience working with governments, civil society, nongovernmental groups, international donors, and foundations to conduct monitoring, evaluation, strategic planning and training. She holds a doctorate in interdisciplinary studies focused on Programme Evaluation and Organizational Development, and a Masters degree in Public Administration.
She has lived and/or worked in the United States, Botswana, Burma, Cameroon, Egypt, Ghana, Jordan, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Namibia, Nigeria, Republic of South Africa, Senegal, Somaliland, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Bosnia, Guatemala, Panama, Peru, Belize, Nicaragua, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, USA, and Vietnam.
She conducts her work across a range of technical areas including agriculture, HIV/AIDS, TB, health systems, youth interventions, education, human rights, environment, orphans and vulnerable children, community needs, and women’s empowerment.
Her research focus is on evaluator competencies, process use, and feminist evaluation. Dr. Podems is a current Board Member for the American Evaluation Association (AEA), past Board Member for the South African Monitoring and Evaluation Association (SAMEA), and past Chairperson for the AEA’s International Committee and the Feminist Evaluation TIG. She is a member of AEA, IDEAs, and SAMEA.
Jenna Joffe — Evaluator
Jenna has 2 years’ experience in qualitative & quantitative research and evaluation methodology and practice, tool development, and data analysis.
Jenna holds a MPhil Programme Monitoring and Evaluation; BSocSci Hons Psychology; BSocSci Psychology & Organisational Psychology.
Mkhululi Mnyaka — Junior Evaluator
Mkhululi has 2 years’ experience in research, monitoring and evaluation, fieldwork, programme implementation; experience as a programme monitoring intern for the Economic Development Department and the City of Cape Town.
Mkhululi holds aMPhil M&E (current); Certificate in Public Sector M&E; and Evaluation; Honours in Public Policy; Undergraduate degree in Politics & Media, and Writing
Itumaleng Ramano — Training Co-Ordinator
Itumeleng has a background in capacity building, community mobilization, strategic planning, project management, report writing, training, volunteer coordination/management, youth development, HIV/AIDS programs, corporate social responsibility, proposal writing, workshop facilitation, fundraising and stakeholder management and coordination.
She has been working in the public health sector for over five years and is very passionate about HIV/AIDS, health care, community development and upliftment as well as working with women and children. She has experience in strategic planning and implementation, working with international and local NGOs, the National Department of Health and several Ministries of Health in the SADC Region and other key stakeholders.
Itumeleng holds a degree in Political Science from University of Pretoria. Hold certificates in the following: Monitoring and Evaluation, Project Management in the NGO Sector, Knowledge Management and Human Resources for Health. She intends on studying for her Masters in Public Health.
Lindie has been working in the development sector since 1998, gaining experience in Europe, West, East – and Southern Africa and holds an MSc in Development Management. She has designed and evaluated award-winning projects and worked with a variety of actors, including government, local community groups, networks, international NGOs, corporates, donors, etc. Her areas of expertise include research, capacity building, organisational development, grant compliance, project management and setting up M&E systems.
Lindie’s passion is supporting social innovators to improve their management capacity and to build strong organisations. Lindie is a Learning Convener of monthly Organisational Development “Corner events” for the South African Organization Development Network (SAODN) in Gauteng.
She has over 15 years of experience in training and facilitation in the NGO and corporate sectors. Lindie is a PHD student at UCT’s Graduate School of Business and has showcased her work at international conferences. She is interested in how complexity – as systems thinking can enhance evaluation practice and program management. In 2014 she won a “best paper award” for her paper “Truth 2.0: Upgrading mental models for better evaluation practice” presented at the annual European Evaluation Society conference in Dublin. Lindie is a member of the South African Organization Development Network, South African Monitoring & Evaluation Association, European Evaluation Society and European Group for Organization Studies.