Developing a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) System


Dr. Khandker leading a discussion on M&E during the two-day workshop. Photo credit: IFPRI/REAP (G. Abate)

In September, Dr. Shahid Khandker, IFPRI visiting Senior Research Fellow, conducted two trainings at the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA) on developing a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) system. The first training was geared towards policy makers and senior staff at ATA while the second training was targeted to policy analysts and project managers.

Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) in Practice

This seminar was designed for the senior management team at the ATA and policymakers in Ethiopia to introduce the merits of developing a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) system. The half-day seminar covered topics such as why, what, and how to monitor and evaluate programs and policies. It also covered how an M&E framework can be designed and implemented. The two main objectives of the training are to:

(a) Enhance the understanding of senior directors and managers of ATA on the design and implementation of an M&E system; and

(b) Help senior staff develop an M&E strategy for ATA.

View and download the presentation:

Monitoring and Evaluation: General Principles and Practices


Two-Day Course on Impact Evaluation

The goal of this course is to provide policy analysts and project managers with the tools for evaluating the impact of a project, program or policy. This course provides information on the methods that can be used to measure the impact of a project, program or policy on the well-being of individuals and households. The course addresses the ways in which the results of an impact evaluation may be put to use – such as, to improve the design of projects and programs, as an input into cost-benefit analysis, and as a basis for policy decisions.

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the purposes of an impact evaluation.
  2. Explain why an impact evaluation requires the construction of a counterfactual and why this is difficult to do.
  3. Summarize the steps required in an experimental design, and assess the applicability of this method of impact evaluation.
  4. For each of the main types of quasi-experimental design – matching comparisons, double differences, instrumental variables, and related comparisons using discontinuity approaches – summarize the steps needed to apply them, and the data requirements, and evaluate their applicability and usefulness.
  5. Describe the methodological approaches and main findings of several of the most important impact evaluations that have been undertaken in the areas of health, education, income support, and credit.
  6. Explain how the results of impact evaluations may be interpreted and then used to inform policy.

View and download the presentations:

Module 1: Accelerating Growth and Poverty Reduction in Ethiopia

Module 2: Basics of Impact Evaluation (IE)

Module 3: Randomization

Module 4: Propensity Score Matching (PSM)

Module 5: Double Difference (DD) Methods

Module 6: Instrumental Variables, Regression Discontinuity Models, Pipeline Methods

Module 7: Conclusion