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DEADLINE: 31 March 2013

This is the 8th Edition of the Summer School on Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation for Complex International Development Programmes, a 6-day intensive course delivered in English, open to applicants of any country and background.

This is a cutting-edge Course that addresses the challenges posed to planning, monitoring and evaluation (PM&E) in substantially complex development situations characterized by a changing environment and unpredictable results. In innovative projects and programs of development and social change, at the time of strategic planning often it is difficult, if not impossible, to predetermine what specific, measurable actions need to be taken or what will results will be achieved. In spite of the uncertainty, multiple, interacting actors and factors create many options for intervening, measuring and learning. 

To meet this challenge, the course presents Outcome Mapping and Outcome Harvesting, two cutting-edge PM&E tools that use techniques and practices that have proved effective in these complex development situations where both planned interventions and intended results shift, sometimes dramatically, or need to be revised over the life of a project or programme, and unintended outcomes emerge.

The hands-on Course presents practical steps, examples and participatory exercises in applying these PM&E tools to strengthen management for development results. Special attention is given to situations where there is uncertainty about the causal relationships linking inputs, activities and outputs with the outcomes and impacts of development interventions. And, all concepts will be applied in working groups by the participants. Thus, they will leave with practical guidance and skills in using these complementary tools to plan, monitor and evaluate their interventions and what they achieve in order to be accountable and to improve performance. A half-day peer clinic session is also planned at the end of the course, where participants can bring their own experience and projects to discuss with the trainers.

Who would benefit from this course:

- Government programme managers
- Policy and program implementers
- Development practitioners and activists
- NGO and CSO staff members


The enrolment fee includes tuition and materials.
Room and boarding and travel expenses are not included.
Various lodging arrangement suggestions can be provided on request.
Subsidies and tuition waivers will possibly be available for
a limited number of applicants from developing countries only!
Please indicate in your application whether you need funding!
For those requesting funding, acceptance will be evaluated
together with their granted fee status
Payment instructions will be given to accepted applicants only
Fees will have to be paid to the University of Bologna (credit cards accepted)


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