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Planning and designing an internal and/or external project evaluation

24 May - 10 June 2021

4-day course of 32 hours over 3 weeks - Mondays and Thursdays 2-5pm CET
Starting a CHF 530 - 20% off to help strengthening civil society

Evaluation meeting


This course focuses on internal and external project evaluation and presents how these tools are used to measure and improve the performance of projects. Participants work step by step on the process of designing and performing an evaluation. It also shed light on project evaluation in crisis situation.  
During the first steps – the design phase – specific focus is given to the definition of the evaluation questions, the reasons leading to the choice of an external or/and internal evaluator, the identification of the various resources, and finally the preparation of the data collection.
As per the second phase – the conduction of the evaluation – participants work on how to organize the procedures for data collection, how to process and analyze data, and how to formulate recommendations that are feasible to implement.
Finally, participants look into activities related to the communication and sharing of the findings, as well as the way to incorporate in the project documents the corrective management actions.

This course can be combined with the course Project Cycle Management Compact starting on April 29, leading to a combined certificate on Project Cycle Management with a specialisation on Monitoring & Evaluation. 


At the end of the course, each participant can avail of a credit of 45min for personalised coaching to support the implementation of action plans and for any questions related to it. The coaching is provided by the trainer of this course. It is valid for a period of two months after the course. 


This course is the equivalent of a four-day in-person course. It takes approximately 32 hours, thereof 18 hours of live online classes, using participatory techniques such as brainstorming, group work, case studies, video discussions, exercises, etc., and 14 hours of group and individual work to develop the monitoring and evaluation framework and evaluation tools, peer reviews, and data analysis. The trainer maintains the same level of interaction as in an in-person course.

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Trainers: Rana Haddad, Dr. Dany Daou 

Course dates: Mondays and Thursday, 2-5PM CET

The fee includes individual post-course coaching. There are two types of certificates available for this course (fees in Swiss Francs, CHF):

Certificate of AttendanceAfter completing the course programme

Early bird fee, until 24 April: CHF 430; afterwards CHF 530.

Certificate of Achievement: After passing successfully the exam at the end of the course programme

Early bird fee, until 24 April: CHF 470; afterwards CHF 570.

Max. 16 participants - apply early to secure your participation


The course will benefit practitioners who have previously followed the module on Project Cycle Management Compact (5 days). The course is also open to participants with advanced project management skills.
This course is recommended for:

  • M&E officers and consultants 

  • Project/Programme managers

  • Managers supervising project evaluation related activities

  • Key field staff involved in monitoring, review and/or evaluation

  • People who wish to join the non-for-profit sector



At the end of the course, participants are able to design, plan an carry out an internal or/and external project evaluation.


Module 1: Key concepts

  • Why measuring results, why evaluating projects?

  • Evaluation a pillar of Results-Based Management (RBM) approach

  • Monitoring and evaluation definitions and principles

  • The link between monitoring and evaluation

  • Project evaluation in a crisis context

Module 2: The process
Phase 1: Designing the evaluation

  • Evaluation criteria and evaluation questions

  • Relevant data collection methods and techniques to answer the evaluation questions

  • Types of evaluation: internal or/and external

  • Evaluation work plan, resources and budget

Phase 2: Conducting the evaluation

  • Data collection

  • Analysis and interpretation of collected data

  • Evaluation conclusions and recommendations

Phase 3: Using the evaluation findings

  • Communicating and sharing the evaluation findings

  • Adoption of corrective actions; incorporation of evaluation recommendations in programmes’ documents

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