Strengthening capacity for monitoring and evaluation through short course training in Kenya

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Background: Weak monitoring and evaluation (M & E) systems and limited supply of M & E human resources in Africa signal the need to strengthen M & E capacity. Objectives: This exploratory study evaluated the effect of short course training on professionals' knowledge and skills in the areas of mixed methods research, systematic review and metaanalysis and general principles of M & E. Methods: A partially mixed concurrent dominant status design including quantitative (multilevel modelling and meta-analyses) and qualitative (thematic content analysis) components was employed to evaluate the impact of a 4-day short course training focusing on these areas. Results: Thirty-five participants participated in the training. Participants experienced an increase in knowledge in the three areas; however, average change in knowledge did not differ across participants' employment settings. Participants' self-stated objectives considered as SMART and belonging to a higher level in Bloom's taxonomy were associated with change in knowledge. Based on comments made by participants, majority intended to apply what they learned to their work; clarity of content delivery was the most liked aspect of the training, and the use of more practical sessions was recommended as a way to improve the training. Conclusions: This study provides preliminary evidence of potential of the use of short course training as an approach to strengthening capacity in M & E in less-developed countries such as Kenya. It underscores the importance of participants' self-stated objective(s) as an element to be considered in the enhancement of knowledge, attitudes and skills needed for acceptable capacity building in M & E.




Wao, H., Onyango, R., Kisio, E., Njatha, M., & Onyango, N. O. (2017). Strengthening capacity for monitoring and evaluation through short course training in Kenya. African Evaluation Journal, 5(1).

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