Courses Catalogue

Project Monitoring & Evaluation

COURSE CODE: PPM 7203
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 3
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Master of arts in project planning and management
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: College of Humanities and Social Sciences
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Postgraduate

Course Description

Development processes are complex and multi-dimensional by nature. Adequately monitoring and evaluating these processes is challenging. In order to understand the context, track progress, collect data for management decisions; provide top down and bottom up reporting between donors and beneficiaries, there is need for befitting monitoring systems. The challenge of evaluation lies in its potential to stimulate learning, to motivate people and to propose directives for the future performance, corrective measures where necessary. 

Monitoring refers to a systematic and continuous collection, analysis and use of information for the purpose of management control and decision making;  carried out to ascertain whether the project planned activities are being implemented, and if not, why. Evaluation is the assessment at one point in time that concentrates specifically on whether the objectives of the project have been achieved and what impact has been made.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

The course is intended to; 

  • Equip students with monitoring and evaluation skills and be in position to gauge whether project goals have been achieved.
  • Enable students establish whether or not the project or programme under review is on schedule as planned and within the resources, and if not , what can be done to foster improvement; 
  • Enable students find out whether the project/ programme outputs are useful, relevant and meeting the expectations of the sponsor and the beneficiaries;
  • Enable students compare actual change (impact) caused by the project/programme against set objectives;
  • Enable students assess whether efforts are worth continuing with or if there is need to adjust procedures accordingly;
  • Enable students  document lessons of both good and bad practices and to enable sharing of useful information.

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of the course unit students should be able to;

  • Possess monitoring and evaluation skills and be in position to gauge whether project goals have been achieved.
  • Establish whether or not the project or programme under review is on schedule as planned and within the resources, and if not , what can be done to foster improvement; 
  • Find out whether the project/ programme outputs are useful, relevant and meeting the expectations of the sponsor and the beneficiaries;
  • Compare actual change (impact) caused by the project/programme against set objectives;
  • Assess whether efforts are worth continuing with or if there is need to adjust procedures accordingly;
  • Document lessons of both good and bad practices and to enable sharing of useful information.