A list of in-person training, online courses, and other learning opportunities. I recommend these to anyone looking to strengthen their M&E, politics/international relations, economics, and research skills.
I am a lifelong learner, and since university, I've taken all the chances I can to learn and grow. I'm a big believer in knowledge existing outside formal education. Here you'll find a combination of innovative methods to learn outside the traditional classroom context. I am also adding essential books that have helped me deepen my expertise through the years.
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Online Professional Diplomas
International Association of Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection (2022)
The certification tests our expertise and knowledge on a range of skills, frameworks, ideas, and theories around MEAL. It is independently certified by the Humanitarian Leadership Academy, PHAP, Humentum and CRS. They assess our in-depth understanding of applying key concepts, on:
how to identify the key components of a MEAL system, such as the main types of logic models, indicators, and measurement methods.
the main components of a stakeholder analysis, the different mechanisms for community engagement and feedback, and common coordination structures to MEAL.
appropriate data collection tools, sampling methodologies, and data management systems.
the main advantages and disadvantages of using quantitative data qualitative data and combining both methods for data collection.
the fundamentals of quantitative and qualitative data analysis and the key concepts related to data interpretation.
how to use MEAL data to communicate findings to stakeholders and adaptive management and learning.
Praxis India (2021)
In recent years, it has become more and more evident that meaningfully monitoring and evaluating a project is as critical as planning and implementing it. A significant shift has also occurred in terms of M&E objectives, moving from a sterile "result-oriented" evaluation exercise to an empowering opportunity to learn and do better. Now, the next challenge is to understand who the key players are in this process and ensure their inclusion. In other words, as Robert Chambers and other practitioners already questioned, "whose reality counts?" And further, "who count reality?”
Participatory monitoring and evaluation (PME) is not an end in itself, but a way forward. It is a process of self assessment, collective knowledge generation and cooperative action in which all stakeholders, including communities, together identify issues and indicators, collect and analyse data and take action based on what comes out of this process. The objective of this module is to explore and discuss effective ways of enabling communities and primary stakeholders of any development process to have a decisive influence over the objectives, processes, policies and outcomes of transformations aspired by them.
In-Person Training Courses
Community Organizing: People, Power & Change
Harvard Kennedy School (taught by Marshall Ganz)
1 week residential in New York (2016)
Fulfilling the democratic promise of equity, accountability, and effectiveness requires the participation of an “organized” citizenry able to formulate, articulate, and assert its shared interests. Organizing, in turn, requires leadership: accepting responsibility for enabling others to achieve shared purpose in the face of uncertainty. Organizers begin by asking three questions: who are my people, what challenges do they face, and how can they turn their resources into the power they need to meet these challenges? Organizers identify, recruit, and develop leadership; build community around that leadership; and build power from the resources of that community.
Managing the Project Cycle
10-day training in London (2018)
Find out all you need to know about how to plan, run and manage an international development project, with a specific focus on the practical planning and implementation phases. Link here.
Project Design: The Logical Framework Approach
10-day training in London (2018)
This course will take you step by step through the process of creating a logframe. You will get to grips with the logic, learn how to write useful indicators and think about how to verify them.
It is conducted through practical group work, taking a case study from assessment and project identification through to completed logframe. Link here.
Theory of Change Essentials
10-day training in London (2016)
This course prepares you to develop a quality theory of change for your programme or organisation which meets industry-recognised quality standards as well as donors' requirements. Link here.
Impact Assessment and Evaluation
2-day training in London (2016)
This course provides a clear conceptual overview and very practical guidance on designing a simple, user-friendly and useful impact assessment process. You will explore what impact assessment is, domains of change, theories of change and other approaches to assessing impact, as well as different types of evaluation and how can they be used to assess impact. Link here.