Course Overview (what why who SDG NDP EASI)

 For SDGs to be efficiently and successfully implemented, all relevant organizations, countries and ministries have to develop SDG indicators in order to be able to measure the SDGs.  Donor or partner countries are supposed to influence planning, monitoring and evaluation of development projects according to the SDG indicators among all stakeholders involved ( ). National Development plans too need to be monitored and managed. This is best done by use of M&E information. A number of organizations lack the required M&E skills and competencies to implement, monitor and evaluate their plans. EASI, therefore, designed this M&E course to meet this need.

This online course is designed for those who are new to M&E as well as those who may have had some exposure at their workplaces but would want to formalize their existing understanding. You will be taken through the whole process of setting up an M&E system from developing results and indicators, to collecting data and finding the right IT tool to manage them ( ). The course includes a series of activities and assignments as part of the learning. Case studies of previous or ongoing M&E activities are referred to during the course.

Expectations and Objectives

The aim of this M&E Training Course is to equip you with knowledge and skills to enable you to design and set up an M&E system, develop an M&E Plan, monitor and evaluate M&E Plans.

The objectives of the course are to:

  • To provide an introduction to what is meant by monitoring and evaluation
  • To develop an understanding of when and how to use recognized tools and techniques for monitoring and evaluation
  • To develop a monitoring and evaluation plan and report
  • To gain an understanding of a monitoring and evaluation process
  • To develop an awareness of how to manage monitoring and evaluation stakeholders 

Delivery mode and assessment

This is an online course – delivery will be by webinars online using PowerPoint presentations, discussion fora,, review of documented case studies, past experiences and reports.

Assessments will involve group work assessments and individual assessment which will have a pre-training evaluation and an end of training evaluation

Course Outline

How to Design an M&E System

  • Define the scope and purpose
  • Define the evaluation questions
  • Identify the monitoring questions
  • Identify the indicators and data sources
  • Identify who is responsible for data collection, data storage, reporting, budget and timelines
  • Identify who will evaluate the data and how it will be reported
  • Decide on standard forms and procedures
  • Use the information derived from Steps 1- 7 above to fill in the ‘M&E System template
  • Integrate the M&E system horizontally and vertically
  • Pilot and then roll-out the system

Tools for M&E Planning

  • Theory of Change
  • Logical Framework (Logframe)
  • Monitoring and Evaluation Plan
  • Statistics – Open Datasets
  • System Data
  • Surveys
  • Interviews and Focus Groups

Types of Evaluation and Evaluation Methods

  • Evaluation Criteria
  • Impact Evaluation
  • Process Evaluation
  • Economic Evaluation: Cost-effectiveness Analysis (CEA)
  • Most Significant Change
  • Outcome Mapping
  • Evaluation Timing: Baseline, Midline and Endline Evaluations
  • Counterfactual
  • Comparison/Control Groups & Randomised Control Trials
  • Difference in Difference
  • Delphi Method
  • Measuring Behavioural/Capacity Change (Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices – KAP – Assessments)

M&E Indicators

  • Definition of Indicators
  • Types of Indicators?
  • Classification of Indicators –
  • Quantitative Indicators (Output Indicators) Examples of Quantitative Indicators
  • Qualitative Indicators (Outcome / Performance Indicators) Examples of Qualitative or Performance Indicators

Data Analysis

  • Qualitative Data Analysis and Coding Schedules
  • Quantitative Data Analysis: SPSS, R, and Excel
  • Data Visualisation
  • Management Response

M&E Challenges in the Workplace

  • Stakeholder Buy-In
  • Logical Frameworks
  • Technology
  • Timeline

Fees and Payment Mode


Payment mode can be as follows:

  1. Deposit to Ecobank Forest Mall Kampala Account details are
    1. Account name: East African Statistics Institute
    2. Account number: 7247500339