Monitoring and Evaluation in Development

Subject 161-057 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2009.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 1 hour lecture and a 1 hour tutorial per week, plus 15 hours over 2 week period of fieldwork
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Dr Nadeem Malik
Subject Overview: The indispensability of effective monitoring and evaluation (M & E) as a tool in NGOs project and program management is unquestionably recognized within the development sector. Efficient monitoring and evaluation acts as an anchor to keep the project in the right direction in terms of time allocated and finances planned at the project planning phase. Historically, M & E was a tool to make the NGOs/development organizations accountable to the donors. Traditionally, monitoring and evaluation was conducted by foreign experts and consultants, who did not have a good idea of the foreign countries in which they were supposed to monitor and evaluate NGO programs and projects. This resulted in getting the right kind of information required for effective M & E difficult. The shortcoming of conventional approach to monitoring and evaluation led to the realization of participatory monitoring and evaluation. In contrast to foreign consultants doing monitoring and evaluations, participatory M & E is conducted by the local people, project staff, managers, and other stakeholders. It is now recognized as a tool of empowerment and capacity building of local communities.
Objectives: This subject aims to offer competing theories and models of project monitoring and evaluation and the historical backdrop in which such models and theories were evolved. The other objective of the subject is to impart practical skills to students so that they may develop the technical proficiency to do project/program monitoring and evaluation. In the later part of the semester, the subject will also include techniques of impact assessment of NGOs projects. The emphasis will be on impact on NGOs development projects rather than on assessing the social impact of policies or mega public sector development plans. Practical fieldwork will be an essential part of the subject. In practical work, the students will be required to do M & E of community based projects or a project by a local NGO. On completion, the students will learn practical skills required to do project and program monitoring and evaluation and will gain expert theoretical knowledge about M & E within the development context. It is expected that the students will be able to provide their expert services regarding project and program management to non governmental organizations, as employees and as development consultants.
Assessment: One 2,000 word essay (due mid semester) 40% and a report 3,000 words (due at the end of semester) 60%.
Prescribed Texts: A subject reader will be provided.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Expert understanding of the main theories of poverty;
  • Ability to do independent research;
  • Ability to write research reports and academic articles;
  • Ability to think in critically in a structured manner;
  • Ability to make written as well as oral presentations:
  • Cross-cultural awareness and sensitivity.

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