Monitoring and Evaluation of Maternal and Neonatal Health Programmes: A practical course making a real difference
Robust monitoring and evaluation provides the foundation for evidence-based decision making and allows countries to track progress towards the Millennium Development Goals.
This short course has been developed in association with the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp; the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Ipact, University of Aberdeen and is supported by UNFPA. It has been designed for groups of maternal and neonatal health managers/officers working at national or regional level with governments, international organisations or local/international NGOs. Participants are trained in the theory and practice of monitoring and evaluation and at the end of the two weeks will have developed the skills needed to examine, evaluate and enhance current practice in monitoring, to design and implement evaluations and to use results to advocate for improved maternal and neonatal health.
Each participating country should be represented by a group of key MNH personnel. Participation is open to country teams of 4 to 6 people involved in MNH at a national level. Ideally, participants should be in a position to influence the design and execution of the national MNH monitoring and evaluation strategy. An ideal country group comprises national MNH officers, supported by representatives of a UN or other appropriate international agency and possibly a District representative who can contribute practical experience of programme management.
Participants in Arusha will be part funded by UNFPA International who have agreed to provide funding for 2/3 people in the country group (up to 15 participants). It is hoped the remaining members of the country group will be funded by other similar organisations.
The course will be held at the MS-Training Centre for Development Cooperation, Arusha, Tanzania and will run from 17th-29th August, 2009. A course flyer and an application form are attached. I would be grateful if you could disseminate this information among your colleagues. Further information can be downloaded from www.ipact-int.com
Further training dates announced
Institute National d’Administration de Santé in Rabat, Morocco: October, 2009
BRAC University, Dhaka Bangladesh: December, 2009
By the end of the two-week course successful participants will have developed the skills needed to
• use MNH and RH indicators for effective monitoring and evaluation
• use a log frame approach to monitor an MNH programme
• evaluate critically the national health information system
• identify and assess the utility of a range of data sources
• make critical use of a range of indicators for monitoring and for evaluation
• develop a robust evaluation question and select appropriate evaluation instruments for quantitative, qualitative and economic evaluation
• locate programme evaluation within a broader RH policy context
• advocate in support of the evaluation as a means of promoting evidence-based decision-making
All sessions are interactive and draw on participants’ expertise and experience. Trainingmethods include
• Short lectures
• Working in country or regional groups, criticalexamination of current practice, application oftheoretical material to the national situation usingnational documents and data where possible
• Data analysis and data interpretation using(where possible) national data brought byparticipants
• Presentations by country or regional groups
Participants should have the following experience:
• MNH programme management with the authorityto advocate for change in the national or regional
programme and accountable for programmeprogress
• Experience as a programme health officer of aninternational NGO or a UN agency in charge of
the maternal and neonatal health programme
AND THE FOLLOWING SKILLS:
• Good working knowledge of English
• Basic knowledge of biostatistics andepidemiology
• Capacity to analyse data using a commonsoftware package such as excelRobust monitoring and evaluation of Maternal and Neonatal Health(MNH) programmes provides the foundation for evidence-based decision
making, and allows countries to track progress towards the Millennium Development Goals.
Who should attend?
This course is designed for groups of MNH managers working atnational or regional level with governments, international organisationsor local/international NGOs. Each group comprises representatives fromone country.
- This course will train programme managers in the theory and practice ofmonitoring and evaluation of maternal and neonatal health programmes,enabling them to examine, evaluate and enhance current practice in monitoring, to design and implement evaluations and to use results toadvocate for improved maternal and neonatal health.
- This is a new version of the Ipact M&E training course, modified to include broader reproductive health elements.
- Each participating country is represented bya group of key MNH personnel working atnational or regional level.
17th - 29th August 2009
MS-Training Centre for Development Cooperation, Arusha, Tanzania
$3000 (Excludes travel, accommodation and food)
Monitoring and Evaluationof Maternal and Neonatal HealthProgrammes
A short course designed for ‘country groups’ to strengthencapacity in developing countries for programme monitoring andevaluation in the context of global reproductive health goals.
Training in 2009 Supported byUNFPA
This course has been developed in association with
The Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp
The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
The University of Aberdeen
To register for the course
The application form is available to download from www.ipact-int.com
Participants are required to complete the application form before the1st July 2009 and return to Shelagh Barr: firstname.lastname@example.org
The number of participants is limited to 25, early application is advised.
Additional information and contact details
Participants are asked to pay the registration fee once they havereceived official notification that they are accepted on the course, andin all cases payment must be made before the start of the course. Bankdetails for bank transfers will be notified in the letter of acceptance.
Detailed information about national M&E documents and data thatparticipants are requested to bring to the course will also be sent alongwith practical details of the stay in Tanzania.
For further information regarding course content contact:
Krystyna Makowiecka Course Leader
For local enquiries contact:
Anna Mbwambo Course administrator (MS-TCDC)
For all other enquiries contact:
Shelagh Barr email@example.com
The Centre is situated close to Arusha, Northern Tanzania. Throughout the year different courses and workshops run concurrently in a lively international atmosphere promoting sharing of experience and cross
cultural discussions. Over the last 30 years MS-TCDC has gained richexperience in training development workers, civil society organisations and their partners, donors and government agencies across the Eastern and Southern Africa regions.
Director of Training: Bo Hojer Damsted firstname.lastname@example.org
“What participants say about the training:
The course is very practical and applicable in my field-work; it gave me ideas on how I can apply it in my province The course has enriched me withp ractical knowledge I can now apply in my job The course design is really wonderful,the practical exercises are challenging but the results are productive and meaningful The teaching approach is excellent. Thank you for what has been shared during this course “
This course will be held at the MS-Training Centre for Development Co-operation in Arusha, Tanzania in collaboration with Ipact.
To find out who should attend this important training course and for other useful course information the following documents are available for downloading:-