This training course aims to expand on the notions of monitoring, evaluation and auditing explained in the Water Project Toolkit (EC, 2011). These three phases of the project management cycle complement each other and can be considered as project management tools that contribute to the effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability of water projects. The main objective of this training course is to provide managers and staff with some basic knowledge on monitoring, evaluation and audit processes, and to help them gain a better understanding of, and the practical skills to be applied to, water projects.
Project monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and project auditing involve the collection, analysis and use of information to support decision-making. In order to have a positive impact on the quality of the projects, these phases should be planned and designed at the early stages of the project formulation. A well designed project will have to be formulated in such a way that M&E can be effectively carried out. This entails a thorough definition of the objectives, activities, expected results and the corresponding objectively verifiable indicators.
The project also has to take into consideration the resources required (in terms of budget and human resources), the time schedule and the means for correctly and effectively monitoring, evaluating and auditing activities.
This training course does not aim to give a comprehensive picture on monitoring, evaluation and auditing, but to provide additional information and examples on their application to the water sector. After briefly reiterating the basic concepts, case studies will be presented and the three tools will be compared.
Who can benefit from this course?
The course will help post-graduate students, staff from governments, donor agencies and NGOs, and anyone interested in the water sector to acquire basic knowledge on the definitions and main differences, attitudes and skills necessary for making a monitoring, evaluation and audit report.
At the end of this training course you will be able to:
- Define and understand what it means to monitor, evaluate and audit a project,
- Pose the right questions when planning an M&E tool,
- Identify the potential tools you can use for M&E,
- Distinguish the differences and similarities between monitoring, evaluation and auditing.