The city of Rio de Janeiro will host a global training event for policy makers on 7-11 March, 2016 by the International Program for Development Evaluation Training (IPDET). The Rio de Janeiro event is organized by the Rio Academy with support from the RIO+ Centre and other partners. It will bring together 60 policy makers and other development specialists from Latin America and the Caribbean.
The training programme will focus on monitoring and evaluation of development policies and is composed of the following modules:
Introducing Development Evaluation: Terms, Concepts, & Standards: The first module introduces the definition and general concepts behind evaluation of projects, programs and policies, in special in the context of development evaluation.
Building a Results-Based Monitoring and Evaluation System: This module focuses on the understanding and construction of tools for monitoring the progress of projects, programs and policies, and demonstrate the impact of interventions.
Understanding the Evaluation Context and the Program Theory of Change: This module examines evaluation planning, arguing that an evaluation that starts with a well-planned design is more likely to be completed timely and on budget, and to meet the needs of the client and other stakeholders.
Developing Evaluation Questions and Starting the Design Matrix: This module discusses the types of evaluation questions, how to write and structure good evaluation questions and to assess the utility and use of each type.
Selecting Designs for Cause-and-Effect, Descriptive, and Normative Evaluation Questions: Selecting an evaluation design approach that is most appropriate to the evaluation context. This module presents guidelines, along with the strengths and weaknesses of various design options and their adequacy to different contexts.
Selecting and Constructing Data Collection Instruments: This module looks at how to collect the data to answer evaluation questions.
Managing an Evaluation for quality and use: Evaluations can be complicated projects. Keeping everyone on task, meeting deadlines, and doing quality work can be challenging. This module discusses ways evaluators can plan, manage, meet quality standards, and share results so that their evaluations are used by policy makers to effect change.
Deciding on the Sampling Strategy: How to determine how much data to collect. It also addresses how to select the sources of data so that they closely reflect the population and help answer the evaluation questions.
Presenting Results: Sharing what has been learned is one of the most important parts of an evaluation, and requires planning and reflection. Reporting results adequately is crucial, insofar as from this may depend, largely, the use of evaluation findings.
Guiding the Evaluator: Evaluation Ethics, Politics, Standards and Guiding Principles: Evaluators also have to deal with internal and external pressures. Ethics and politics are issues for all evaluators, especially fore those working in countries with poor governance and history of corruption. Internal pressures within a development organization can also create ethical issues.
Information on registration available here.