EASY-ECO Saarland Training on Evaluation of Sustainability

Date: 13th to 17th April, 2009
Venue: Lund, Sweden

The next training opportunity within the EASY-ECO series of conferences and training courses will be held from 13th to 17th April, 2009, in Lund, Sweden. The training will focus on the areas of evaluation of energy and sustainable consumption policies and programmes. The training will consist of an e-learning phase (mid-December 2008 to March 2009), and the 5-day on-site case training.

EASY-ECO Trainings explore key elements in sustainability evaluation such as roles  of evaluation in the policy cycle, aproaches to evaluation, stages of evaluation, methods and techniques to conduct evaluation, and evaluation markets. After attending one of the trainings, participants will be able to conduct actual evaluation projects as full-fledged members of an evaluation team. In addition, the trainees will be embedded in a thematic network of leading scientists and practitioners. Continue reading “EASY-ECO Saarland Training on Evaluation of Sustainability”

Online Training: Introduction to Social Audit

Date: Tuesday 28th October 2008 2.00pm to 4.00pm
Venue: Online

This two hour Social Audit introduction will include:

  • Why Social Audit
  • What type of organisation uses Social Audit
  • What are the benefits of Social Audit
  • The 4 stages of Social Audit
  • Social Audit Governance
  • Social Audit External View
  • Social Audit Internal View
  • Social Planning and Accounting
  • Presenting the Social Audit

This course is particularly suited to groups and individuals engaged in social enterprises, NGOs, development agencies and social economy organisations.

Freer Spreckley
Email: f.spreckley@locallivelihoods.com
Website http://www.locallivelihoods.com
Organisation Local Livelihoods

Michael Scriven teaches “An Introduction to Evaluation” online

Date: Oct. 11-12 and Nov. 1-2, 2008
Venue: Claremont Graduate University, California

Four Days of Evaluation Training with a Master in the Field: Michael Scriven teaches “An Introduction to Evaluation”

Dr. Michael Scriven, one of the founders of Evaluation Science as a modern discipline, will be offering two 2-day courses on the foundations, power, and practice of evaluation. These courses will be taught in a live virtual classroom environment, and are open to the public. Thanks to the online nature of the course, these are available to anyone anywhere on the globe.

Save Your Seat Today: Total cost: $350 for four sessions

Full course descriptions are available on our website. Don’t miss your chance to learn firsthand from this giant in the field!

Meeting Schedule: Oct/11/08 and Oct/12/08 (Part I)  Nov/1/08 and Nov/2/08 (Part II) 10 am to 1 pm PST

Technology Requirements: Computer microphone and speakers required. (Webcam not required, but can be a plus.)

Register Online Today! http://www.cgu.edu/pages/5164.asp

India Swearingen
SBOS Outreach Assistant
School of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences
Claremont Graduate University

Upcoming training opportunities with Jess Dart of Clear Horizon

Date: 13-17th October 2008
Venue: Melbourne, Australia
Upcoming training opportunities with Jess Dart of Clear Horizon.

Build a People-Centred Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting & Improvement (MERI) Framework AU$800
Two days: 13th & 14th October

Course Description: Increasingly, project teams are involved in designing monitoring, evaluation, frameworks. Having a strong program logic element, this people-centred approach uses targeted stakeholders as the organising construct to clarify project design and then develop an effective and meaningful monitoring and evaluation framework. This workshop follows a series of steps that provide a pathway for planning that takes into account clarification of program goals, articulation of how we expect these to be achieved and therefore how best to collect evidence on whether we are on track. This includes consideration of evaluation purpose, key evaluation questions, and appropriate methods for collecting information.

Most Significant Change (MSC) Technique AU$800
Two day workshop: 15th & 16th October

Course Description: MSC is a powerful tool for monitoring, evaluation and organisational learning. MSC goes beyond merely capturing and documenting participants’ stories of impact, to offering a means of engaging in effective dialogue. Each story represents the storyteller’s interpretation of impact, which is then reviewed and discussed. The process offers an opportunity for a diverse range of stakeholders to enter into a dialogue about program intention, impact and ultimately future direction. This two day workshop provides an introduction to MSC which includes designing your own MSC process.

Evaluator as Facilitator AU$500
One day workshop: 17th October

Course Description: This workshop explores the role of facilitator as evaluator when undertaking participatory evaluations. The course includes a reflection on the two roles and explores their overlap when conducting participatory evaluation processes. In particular we share our experiences and explain how to facilitate some key participatory evaluation methods such as program logic, Most Significant Change (MSC) technique and the evaluation summit. We discuss the underlying philosophies behind approaches to evaluation and facilitation and explore practical applications in a range of contexts.

Monitoring and Evaluation for Results – Vienna, Austria

URL: www.worldbank.org/wbi/evaluation/training/vienna2008
Date: December 2008

Join us in December 2008 in Vienna for a one-week course covering the fundamental issues of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) for programs and projects. The course is organized by the World Bank Institute Evaluation Group – with experience teaching over 4,000 participants across 60 countries in the last decade – and taught by senior evaluation experts. Combining both attention to M&E theory and practical applications, the 30 participants completing the course will gain knowledge and experience on M&E tools, techniques, and resources needed for M&E planning, organizing, and/or managing programs and projects.

1st offering: December 8 (Mon) – 12 (Fri), 2008 (available in English or Russian)
2nd offering: December 15 (Mon) – 19 (Fri), 2008 (available in English only)

Evaluation of Humanitarian Action with ALNAP (Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action)

Date: 29-31 OCTOBER 2008
Venue: near Brussels

This course is an introductory-to- intermediate level course and has the overall aim of making evaluations of humanitarian action more effective in contributing to the improved performance of interventions and to improve the quality of the evaluation process. The course is facilitated by Channel Research, Margie Buchanan Smith and John Cosgrave. It will be held near Brussels (La Converserie).

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Training in Evaluation of Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding Programmes

Date: 15-18 SEPTEMBER 2008
Venue: near Brussels

This course based on new guidelines established by the OECD, provides methodologies for carrying out assessments of conflict situations and, subsequently, evaluating the performance of peace-building and conflict prevention activities in a seminar format. The course is intended for those with experience in evaluations, and an interest in, and general experience of, conflict situations. The participants in previous years have come from both aid agencies (headquarters and field personnel), donor governments, consultancies and academia. The course is facilitated by Emery Brusset, Director of Channel Research, and Tony Vaux, an expert on conflicts, and will take place near Brussels.

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Above information provided by

Annina Mattsson
Area Manager

Channel Research
Route des Marnières 45A
1380 Ohain

Tel: +32 2 6336529
Fax: +32 2 6333092
Mobile: +32 473235244

Training on Evaluation of Sustainability, by EASY-ECO Saarland

Date: 20th to 24th October, 2008
Venue: Saarbrücken, Germany

The next training opportunity within the EASY-ECO series of conferences and training courses will be held from 20th to 24th October, 2008 in Saarbrücken, Germany. The training will focus on the areas of strategic environmental assessment (SEA) of regional development programmes and evaluation of climate protection initiatives, water management programmes and environmental education. This is the first training with a new structure: an e-learning phase lasting 3-4 months, followed by a 5-day on-site case training (for details, see http://www.sustainability.eu/easy/?k=training&s=germanycourse). Continue reading “Training on Evaluation of Sustainability, by EASY-ECO Saarland”

M&E training to be provided by Development Alternatives, India

Date: June 05-07, 2008

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning System (MEAL)


The principle of Monitor what You want to Manage has implications at two critical levels: one, that each monitoring system should be customized to the needs of the project; and second, the monitoring system should be robust and have the flexibility to adapt to changing capacities of the project over a period of time. Monitoring Evaluation and Learning System (MEAL) seeks to retain the basic principles of project management yet allow the project to identify, develop and evolve their own monitoring and review systems.

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Quality COMPAS and Dynamic COMPAS course organized by Groupe URD at its head office

(from Alnap email list)

Training Course (in English): The Dynamic COMPAS and the Quality COMPAS

(quality assurance method and software for humanitarian projects)

23 – 27 June 2008 in Plaisians (Provence)

The Quality COMPAS method and Dynamic COMPAS software are project and information management tools for humanitarian projects. They will be the subject of a short training course to be held in Plaisians (Groupe URD’s head office) from 23rd to 27th June 2008.

The course will be conducted in English.

Project and information management is essential to ensure the quality of humanitarian projects. Many of the weaknesses which have been identified in projects over the last decade do not come from a lack of technical knowledge on the part of humanitarian actors but rather because qualitative factors have not been properly taken into account.

Drawing its content from the COMPAS method, the course will cover subjects such as (1) conducting a situation analysis which goes further than a simple needs analysis, (2) designing a project beyond the logical framework, (3) defining objectives and indicators in keeping with all the quality criteria, (4) developing and implementing a monitoring system, (5) understanding the difference between monitoring and evaluation, etc.

The course is organised around a case study which gives participants practical experience of quality management and using the COMPAS method and the Dynamic COMPAS software (to download it and/or to know more about the COMPAS: http://www.compasqualite.org/en/index/index.php)

This course has been designed for national and international aid workers involved in project management activities like needs assessment, design, monitoring, self-evaluation and evaluation.

Do not hesitate to contact us for further information.

Pierre Brunet

Training Unit Coordinator