Announcement of the Regional Workshop
Monitoring and Evaluation of Population, Health and Nutrition Programs
7-11 November 2016
Policymakers, program staff and researchers face many questions related to the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of population, health and nutrition programs in developing countries. There is, however, a shortage of staff with the skills to answer these questions. Such monitoring and evaluation skills are crucial to the successful implementation, design, monitoring and evaluation of population, nutrition and health programs. In order to build the capacity of professionals in Asia and the other regions, a 5 days non-degree course will provide training in the fundamentals of monitoring and evaluation tools and techniques.
At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:
• Identify decisions that can be informed by M&E information;
• Formulate questions that need to be answered in order to make informed decisions;
• Understand and construct frameworks for conceptualizing the factors that influence the success of programs in reaching their goals and logically explaining how program activities contribute to its objectives;
• Develop realistic and targeted goals and objectives;
• Understand and be able to select good indicators appropriate to the programs;
• Understand information systems and the flow of data;
• Understand data quality and its role in M&E;
• Understand how to disseminate and use M&E information strategically;
• Understand how to develop and implement M&E plans;
• Gain hands-on experience in designing monitoring and evaluation plans.
The workshop offers an intensive training that will cover the fundamental concepts and tools for monitoring and evaluating population, health and nutrition programs.
The course will include sessions on M&E Frameworks; Selecting, Calculating and Interpreting Indicators; Information Systems; Impact Evaluation Designs; Developing M&E Plans; and Facilitating the Use of Strategic Information.
Hands-on experience in designing monitoring and evaluation plans will be gained by doing exercises, and working in small groups throughout the workshop.
The participant groups will present the results of their projects during the final day of the workshop
The course is designed for entry-level to mid-level health and population officers, program managers and other professionals involved with the implementation of population, health and nutrition programs, and who are seeking an introduction to the fundamentals of monitoring and evaluation. Applicants should be proficient in English, have some analytic skills and have current responsibilities for developing monitoring and evaluation plans for health programs. Computer literacy and experience with data systems would be an advantage.
The course will be taught by faculty members of the Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University; and other experts from other government, non-governmental and international agencies working on monitoring and evaluation of population, health and nutrition programs in Thailand or the Region.
Cost of the Workshop:
The course fee including health and accident insurance will be US $1,800. Accommodation and living expenses for the workshop will be approximately US $800.
Prospective applicants are advised to seek funding from their home organizations or from national or international agencies. Applicants who have requested funding should submit their application forms to meet the deadline, and copies of application materials should be submitted directly to those agencies. When funding is confirmed, the applicant should contact the Institute for Population and Social Research as soon as possible.
Interested candidates who obtain funding after the October 6 deadline are encouraged to submit late applications, as space may still be available for participants who are fully funded.
Workshop Venue and Accommodation :
The workshop will be operated at Mahidol University Salaya Campus. Accommodation on campus will be arranged for all participants.
The Institute for Population and Social Research:
The Institute for Population and Social Research (IPSR) is located at the Salaya Campus of Mahidol University. It was established in 1971, and has developed into one of the leading population studies research and training institutes in Asia. IPSR has graduate programs offered at the Master and Ph.D. levels.
The Institute for Population and Social Research was the first institution of its kind in Thailand, and has a large number of academic staff and international collaboration partners. In 2006, the Institute was ranked first among social science research institutes in Thailand by the National Office of the Higher Education Commission.
The Institute's highly distinguished faculty has demonstrated excellence in applied academic research aimed at improving the quality of life of people in Thailand and throughout Asia.
The work of the Institute has been recognized by many international bodies. Today, we are a Collaborating Centre of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), a United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Centre of Excellence in Population and Family Planning/Reproductive Health, and a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Research in Human Reproduction. We also maintain other important research collaborations with The Population Council, Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and the Wellcome Trust
For addition information about the workshop, please contact:
Associate Professor Amara Soonthorndhada PhD.
Institute for Population and Social Research
Mahidol University at Salaya
Nakhon Pathom 73170 THAILAND
Tel: (66-2) 441-0201 ext. 608
Fax: (66-2) 441-9333
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Application materials should arrive in Thailand no later than October 6, 2016.
Workshop information and application forms are available online at: www.ipsr.mahidol.ac.th