Project Management on the field: the workshop
What are the differences and similarities between Monitoring and Evaluation? How do you work with a Logical Framework? What are the matrices to measure Efficiency, Effectiveness and Context Monitoring in a project? These and many other things were discussed last week in Madrid with our students during the workshop “Project Management on the field”.
Our fellows met with lecturers Alessio Di Carlo, Master PMC Director and Vice President of CooperAction Onlus, then Leticia Hijazo Conejos and Raquel Val Rivas, respectively Donor Support and Compliance Officer and Hub Manager at Plan International Spain.
Among other topics students went through with the lecturers, they specifically delved into: Project implementation phase, Monitoring and Evaluation processes, Project closure and Donor control.
Fellows went through a real journey with the project start-up, by coordinating and planning all the resources and the activity of the project, learning how to manage a donor contract, focussing on the eligibility criteria, the procurement procedures, the communication and visibility strategies and the possible required modifications. Then they moved to two of the most important dimensions of the Project Cycle, Monitoring and Evaluation processes, arriving to the closing phase of the project, in order to be able to manage the tools for the reporting, the handover and the donor audit.
About Monitoring and Evaluation
Monitoring and Evaluation are two dimensions of the Project Cycle. They have the purpose of verifying the status of implementing an intervention in relation to the expected results and to provide an opinion on the impact that the initiative aims to achieve.
Monitoring is an activity that has a great importance in the phase of Implementation of the Project Cycle. It provides the necessary information for periodic and systematic control of the project initiative, in order to ensure, if necessary, appropriate corrective actions. And it also constitutes the main source of information for the ongoing, final and ex-post evaluation.
Evaluation is a set of checks carried out in predefined moments (while monitoring is a continuous process) by experts that are external to the project. It also aims to guide decisions by providing an overall judgment on the value of an intervention in reference to some pre-established standard criteria.
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