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Training on Monitoring and Evaluation for Agriculture and Rural Development(August 6-August 10,2018)

About the course

Agriculture forms the backbone of many developing countries and is the main economic activity for the rural communities. Since its modest beginnings, the agricultural sector has become increasingly complex and multi-faceted. The challenge agriculture faces today is how to feed the world population in an equitable manner while protecting the environment from irreversible negative changes. Monitoring and Evaluation tools and techniques plays a key role in ensuring Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD) projects are designed, implemented as planned to aid in ending hunger and poverty.

This course equips the participants with adequate skills to develop and manage robust M&E systems for effective management of ARD projects and programs. The learner is introduced to M&E frameworks indicators, tools and techniques for M&E for ARD.

Target Participants

This course is designed for researchers, project staff, development practitioners, managers and decision makers who are responsible for project, program or organization-level M&E in Agriculture and Rural Development programs.

Course duration

5 days

What you will learn

By the end of this course the participants will be able to:

Understand monitoring and evaluation (M&E) for ARD programs
Design ARD projects using logical framework analysis approach
Define different ARD indicators
Track performance indicators over the life of the project
Evaluate ARD programs against objectives and targets
Understand gender role in M&E in ARD programs
Conduct impact evaluations of ARD programs
Course Outline

Introduction to M&E

Definition of Monitoring and Evaluation
Why Monitoring and Evaluation is important
Key principles and concepts in M&E
M&E in project lifecycle
Complementary roles of Monitoring and Evaluation
Agriculture and Rural Development Policy issues

Sustainable agriculture and rural development
Economic contribution of agriculture
Link between agriculture and rural development
Agriculture and food security
M&E Frameworks in Agriculture and Rural Development

ARD Conceptual Frameworks
ARD Results Frameworks
Logical Framework Analysis (LFA)
LogFrame - Design of ARD projects using LogFrame
Agriculture and Rural Development Indicators

Indicator metrics
Linking indicators to results
Indicator Matrix
ARD indicator performance tracking
Sector-wide indicators for Agriculture and Rural Development
Specific indicators for Sub-sectors of Agriculture and Rural Development
Indicators for Thematic Areas related to Agriculture and Rural Development
M&E System and M&E Planning in ARD

Importance of an M&E Plan
Documenting M&E System in the M&E Plan
Components of an M&E Plan-Monitoring, Evaluation, Data management, Reporting
Using M&E Plan to implement M&E in a Project
Data Management for M&E in Agriculture and Rural Development

Sources of Data: Information systems, surveys, participatory poverty assessments, financial management tools
Use of different Surveys in data collection for ARD
Participatory methods of data collection for ARD
Data analysis for ARD
Gender integration in M&E for Agriculture and Rural Development

Gender integration during project activities design
Gender indicators in ARD
Cross cutting gender issues in ARD
Measure of gender outcomes
Performance Evaluation of Agricultural and Rural Development programs

Determining evaluation points from results framework
Components of evaluations: implementation and process evaluations.
Evaluation designs- experimental, quasi-experimental and non-experimental
Performance evaluation process
Evaluation questions
Evaluation findings sharing and dissemination
Impact Evaluations for Agriculture and Rural Development

Introduction to impact evaluation
Attribution in impact evaluation
Estimation of counterfactual
Impact evaluation methods: Double difference, Propensity score matching
M&E Results Use and Dissemination

Use of M&E results to improve and strengthen ARD projects
Use of M&E Lessons learnt and Best Practices
Organization knowledge champions
M&E reporting
Training Approach

This course is delivered by our seasoned trainers who have vast experience as expert professionals in the respective fields of practice. The course is taught through a mix of practical activities, theory, group works and case studies.

Training manuals and additional reference materials are provided to the participants.


Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be issued with a certificate.

Tailor-Made Course

We can also do this as tailor-made course to meet organization-wide needs. Contact us to find out more:

Phone: +254 714349537

Training venue

The training will be conducted at Devimpact Institute Training Centre, Nairobi Kenya.


The training fee covers tuition fees, learning materials, and training venue. Accommodation and airport transfer are arranged for our participants upon request.


Country: Kenya