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MEASURING FOR RESULTS: ONLINE RBM / M&E 13 JUNE - 4 JULY 2018

MEASURING FOR RESULTS: CREATING BETTER OUTCOMES FOR COMMUNITIES THROUGH RESULTS-BASED PLANNING, MONITORING AND EVALUATION

Enrollment opens at 7 June 2018 09.00 AM (UK time) and closes on June 12 2018 at midnight.

Course Start Date: 13 June 2018
Course End Date: 4 July 2018

Facilitators: Mr Neil Kendrick and Dr Bhola Dahal

WHY DO WE SOMETIMES FEEL LIKE WE ARE GETTING NOWHERE?

We all know how hard development work can be. Despite all our good intentions and efforts, we often fail to see real, positive change for the communities we serve. Somehow progress is elusive. While some projects are poorly planned from the start, they don't have to be. But even if they are well-planned, somehow they often lose momentum and lose sight of their real purpose - the intended positive results for our beneficiaries.

And it's a team effort. So why are we always chasing staff for information, and rushing to get our reports to our donors on time? Can't the right information be collected at the right time and flow smoothly through the project so project managers can get on with actually managing?

And how to we demonstrate the value of what we do? Not just to our donors, but to other stakeholders and the wider society?

THERE IS A BETTER WAY

Successful humanitarian projects focus on results - every process, product and service is intended to bring us closer to the outcome, what the project promises to deliver. Results-Based Management (RBM) has been around since the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness back in 2005, and yet still projects are failing to take this opportunity to deliver projects that actually bring about real change on the ground.

When the project team is focused on results (and not just implementation), it increases transparency, accountability and value - and donors like that. And who can argue with better outcomes for target communities?

Compliance - following the project plan - is easy; but how do we measure performance? How do we create projects that can actually measure progress and change, projects that are able to adapt themselves over time to ensure results are achieved?

ARE YOU READY TO BECOME A RESULTS-BASED MANAGEMENT PROFESSIONAL - AND PLAN AND IMPLEMENT PROJECTS THAT ACTUALLY DELIVER WHAT DONORS AND COMMUNITIES NEED?

An RBM approach makes for better planning, monitoring and evaluation of projects - leading to development projects that create real change for communities and beneficiaries.
RBM also means that project teams also work together more effectively - continually applying learning to keep projects focused on delivering the best results possible.

WHAT CAN YOU DO AFTER TAKING THIS COURSE?

1. Understand the philosophy and principles of RBM
2. Develop a thorough knowledge and understanding of the Logical Framework Approach (LFA)
3. Be able to use the LFA and RBM to plan, implement and monitor projects

However, this course is about much more than acquiring knowledge. It's a practical course designed to improve your skills. As well as many smaller practical tasks and work produced along the way you are going to create several major outputs, such as:

1. Creating your own project from scratch
2. Creating and M&E Toolkit for your project
3. Building a Monitoring & Evaluation plan

SO WHAT'S IN THE COURSE?

WEEK 1

The course begins with an orientation module that gives an overview of the course and gives you an opportunity to share your expectations and personal objectives. It also clarifies how to work with the material, especially if you are a member of the RBM Professionals Forum, so you can get the most of what's to come.

We then look at RBM itself - where it came from and what it is. We explore the concepts or results and the results chain and consider the practical considerations of applying Results-Based Management. (We come back to this topic at the end of the course, too, once we have had enough time to work practically through the course and are getting ready to apply to our own projects.)

In Week 1 you will also develop a thorough understanding of the Logical Framework Approach, and get started on the first part of your extended task when you start to analyse the context and problems facing your selected target group. Along the way you will learn the various key methods for Context Analysis how to use the Problem Tree tool to describe the causes and effects of a particular problem facing your target community / beneficiaries. Expect a number of tasks and exercises along the way, after which you will be able to build your own Problem Tree, creating a foundation for a successful project.

WEEK 2

In the second week we turn to Stakeholder Analysis / Engagement, Setting Objectives and Planning a Strategy.Stakeholder engagement is key to project effectiveness, and we will examine:

• The what and why of stakeholder analysis
• The four steps of stakeholder analysis
• Win-win strategies to keep stakeholders informed / engaged without negatively impacting project resources
• Stakeholder communication and engagement

You will also create a stakeholder management and communication plan for your project.

You are also going to learn how to set objectives for your project - the outcome and impact, the higher level results of positive, intended social change you aim to bring about.
And you will learn the what and why of project strategy: how to identify approaches and use SWOT to analyse these so you can synthesise these into a prioritised strategy to bring about the intended results.

From here we start building the Logical Framework itself. For your own project you will define the outcome, impact, outputs, activities and inputs and test the results chain. You will identify external factors your project depends on - the project context - and be able to verify your own project's design.

In Week 2 we also introduce Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) and you will develop Indicators and Means of Verification for your own project so your Logframe is complete.

WEEK 3

This is where we go deeper into M&E - creating an M&E Toolkit and an M&E Plan.

Here we examine results-based M&E and the various data collection methods we can use. We also learn how to group indicators for more efficient, smooth and synergistic data collection and analysis before creating the toolkit itself.

You also build an M&E Plan for your project. This is a master document that everyone in the project can refer to and captures the entire M&E process, including detailed descriptions of all indicators and how data will flow through the project to ensure timely decision making.

The course wraps up with exploring how to establish an M&E system within your own project and how to operationalise RBM.

NOT SURE ON-LINE TRAINING IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

This is what we are doing here.

This course is based on hundreds of hours training development professionals like you throughout Europe, Asia and Africa on RBM and M&E.

All the steps are covered logically in short, clear and practical videos (all downloadable and yours to keep so you don't miss a thing), all the handouts and templates, and all the reference materials you need. So far, so good, right?

But this course is also participatory and responsive. As a practical course, it is task-based, and you will be involved at every step as you develop your own project and M&E plan. In the discussion tasks you can also ideas on key issues related to the theory and practice of Results-Based Management with other participants. And if this is enough for you, the Standard Level course will meet your needs.

And for those who join the Professional Level course, there's even more. At this level, you become a member of our RBM Professionals Forum where you can share work done, challenges faced and questions for feedback from our team and from other participants.

And you can continue to participate in the forum after you have completed the course. This means that as you continue to apply the tools and skills, you can keep coming back to get advice and to advise others.

Participants at Professional Level and above will also be invited to several Zoom meetings during the course - five in all - live video classes where you can share and interact, where we will be answering questions raised in the forum, walking through new case studies, getting to grips with how to apply RBM for better project effectiveness - the kind of stuff that face-to-face workshops don't allow time for - questions raised and problems solved in the real world. Oh, and yes - you can keep coming to the live training sessions even after the course is 'over'. All the live sessions are also downloadable for watching later.

Note that there is a limit on how many participants we are able to take on at Professional Level, so that option may not be listed if places are filled.

And if you want to add personal coaching into the mix, register at Expert Level and get two work reviews. You can send your course work - for example, your Logframe and M&E Plan, to our experts, for detailed personal feedback and guidance.

And for those who join at Masterclass Level, there's 4 hours personal coaching on Skype (spread over 2 or more sessions) where we really go deep into helping you get to grips with applying RBM / M&E in your own context.

Bear in mind, the coached levels do require a lot of tutor time, so you may not see them in the list of options if those places have been taken.

MEET THE TRAINERS

Neil Kendrick

As the author and creator, I will be fully involved in guiding you on your journey to becoming an RBM professional.

For over 20 years I've been helping development professionals around the world with the challenges of getting better results for their projects and beneficiaries.
I didn't start off an an 'expert' - I was pretty much thrown in at the deep end when the British Council assigned me to train a UNICEF team in Nepal for 100 hours with, basically, no materials and no plan! So I had to learn from the ground up what issues development workers were facing and how to solve those.

This grew into ELD Training, an organisation I founded in 2000. Through 100s of training courses and consultancies, with partners such as UNICEF, Save the Children and Oxfam, as well as many national level and community-based organisations, I've since worked with thousands of development professionals like you in all sectors in over 20 countries.

One thing I have learned is the challenges remain the same, whether you are leading a regional child rights project, helping smallholder farmers grow more efficiently or assisting displaced people in an emergency. (And, no, it's not about language skills - the proposal, report or M&E plan is the result of analysis, thinking and planning!)

I'm delighted - in fact thrilled - now to be able to share my collected experience of what works and what doesn't, and help you, step-by-step, deliver projects that understand and respond to your beneficiaries needs.

In the end it's all about results - and I am very ready to help you on your journey to becoming an RBM / M&E professional, so you can deliver better results for your beneficiaries, keep getting support from donors and management for the great work you do and get your teams focused on creating positive change.

Bhola Pd Dahal

Let me introduce you to my long-time friend and associate Dr. Bhola.

Bhola-jee is visiting faculty for MPhil/PhD students in Development Studies of Kathmandu University and Nepal Country Director for USA-based INGO Search for Common Ground.


Previously he has supported the Royal Norwegian Embassy as Governance Advisor, and worked as a Programme Coordinator for the Finnish Embassy. For 10 years he held various positions with Save the Children including Programme Director, and worked with the Red Cross for 7 years as Programme Coordinator.

He supports ELD as a facilitator specialising in Project Management, RBM, Monitoring and Evaluation, Risk Management and Conflict Management and is considered one of the most inspiring and knowledgable trainers in Nepal.
On Measuring for Results Dr. Bhola is active in the forums providing insightful feedback, facilitating discussions, responding to questions and co-facilitating the live video sessions.

HOW MUCH IS THE COURSE?

Course prices vary according to which level you choose. (And the first 10 enrollments get 20% off - scroll down for details.)

STANDARD LEVEL USD $199.00

• Lifetime access to all videos and workbooks, regularly built on and developed to reflect your needs
• Everything downloadable, yours to keep forever

PROFESSIONAL LEVEL (RECOMMENDED) USD $399.00

• Lifetime access to all videos and workbooks, regularly built on and developed to reflect your needs
• Everything downloadable, yours to keep forever
• Certificate
PLUS
• Live Q&A-based video classes (explanations, examples, walkthoughs, extra content and information based on your need - can also be downloaded)
• Lifetime membership of the ELD RBM Professionals Forum for posting questions and sharing feedback and seeking support

EXPERT LEVEL USD $599.00

• Lifetime access to all videos and workbooks, regularly built on and developed to reflect your needs
• Everything downloadable, yours to keep forever
• Certificate
• Live Q&A-based video classes (explanations, examples, walkthoughs, extra content and information based on your need - can also be downloaded)
• Lifetime membership of the ELD RBM Professionals Forum for posting questions and sharing feedback and seeking support
PLUS
• Work Review: get two personal reviews (feedback by email) of your ongoing work (e.g. Log Frame or M&E plan)

MASTERCLASS LEVEL USD $1099.00

• Lifetime access to all videos and workbooks, regularly built on and developed to reflect your needs
• Everything downloadable, yours to keep forever
• Certificate
• Live Q&A-based video classes (explanations, examples, walkthoughs, extra content and information based on your need - can also be downloaded)
• Lifetime membership of the ELD RBM Professionals Forum for posting questions and sharing feedback and seeking support
PLUS
• 4 hours personal one-to-one Skype coaching (2 x 2 hours)

WHEN DOES ENROLLMENT START AND END?

Registration opens in 24 hours and closes at midnight June 12 2018 UK time or as soon as the course is full.

https://eldtraining.teachable.com/p/managingforresults

Organisation ELD TRAINING

Country: WORLDWIDE