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International Perspectives in Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation

Starts on: 1 st & 15 th of every month | Duration: 6 Months | Registration open


In contemporary contexts, the concept of participatory monitoring and evaluation (PM&E) has become an important means to enhance effectiveness and relevance of programmes, organisations and institutions in their pursuit of inclusive development, good governance and social change.

In recent years, concerns regarding effective management and result orientation of programmes and projects are on the rise. It is being recognised that the active participation of the primary stakeholder, i.e. the community or the beneficiaries of the project, in the process of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) can address some of these concerns more effectively. The process of PM&E is also important for organisational strengthening and institutional learning of the diverse range of organisations. PM&E thus is fast becoming an important dimension of international development debate and practice.

This course will consider a range of conceptual and practical issues faced by practitioners, adult educators, researchers, resource providers and policy makers in managing organisations and programmes in a participatory manner. It will facilitate critical analysis of different debates and perspectives on the theme.


  • This innovative course is one of its kinds, at the national, regional and international levels, offered in a distance education mode.
  • This course has been enriched with the practical insights and experiences of more than three decades of PRIA's engagement on the subject of Participatory Monitoring & Evaluation.
  • It draws together theory and practice on participatory monitoring and evaluation, through field case studies and practical illustrations.
  • The course material is designed and developed to meet the special requirements of distance mode of education. It includes inbuilt exercises and in-text questions aimed at stimulating critical thinking and analysis.
  • Moodle the preferred web-based platform of educational institutions across the world is used to maximize interaction between the instructors and the learners. Lively discussions take place in an asynchronous mode, enabling learners from across the globe to participate and share their comments, queries, suggestions, views and experiences in their virtual classroom.
  • Learners can also access the instructor through the Moodle, via emails, Skype and even over the telephone.
  • PRIA and UVic jointly award certificate for this course.


The programme is designed for working professionals, including development professionals/NGO staff responsible for research. Individuals and practitioners in the field of Monitoring and Auditing will also gain value from attending this course. This course is also relevant for students and faculty from universities/colleges studying/teaching participatory methods of research, monitoring and evaluation.


On completion of the course, the learner would be enabled to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding on the purpose of participatory research , and provide examples of its use around the world
  • Develop a plan to conduct a participatory research project within their communities


To strengthen understanding of concepts and approaches to participatory monitoring and evaluation for ensuring inclusive development and effective governance.


  • 6 units of study
  • Four evaluative exercises – Reflection note, quizzes and project based assignment.
  • 2–3 videos for the course
  • Powerpoint presentation giving the highlights of each unit
  • Additional readings per unit


Unit 1: A Conceptual Understanding of Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Defining Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Purposes of Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Understanding Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation

Unit 2: Methodological Aspects of Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Theory of Change
  • Redefining Scope: Project and Organisation
  • Project Management and Planning
  • Participatory Impact Assessment
  • Organisational Strengthening or Institutional Learning
  • Building a PM&E System: Methodology

Unit 3: Method, Tools and Techniques of Monitoring and Evaluation – I

  • Result - based Management (RBM)
  • Logical Framework Analysis (LFA)
  • Outcome Mapping (OM))
  • Most Significant Change (MSC)

Unit 4: Method, Tools and Techniques of Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation – II

  • Participatory Learning and Action (PLA)
  • Citizen Report Card (CRC)
  • Community Score Card (CSC)
  • Citizen Monitoring (CM)

Unit 5: Learning from the Experiences from Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Foundations of Participatory Monitoring
  • Foundations of Participatory Evaluation

Unit 6: Contemporary Issues in Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Purpose-related Issues
  • Methodology-related Issues
  • Application-related Issues

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