Monitoring and Evaluation Training: A Systematic Approach

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SAGE Publications, Nov 18, 2015 - Social Science - 464 pages
Monitoring and Evaluation Training fills a gap in the literature by providing readers with a systematic approach to monitoring and evaluation (M&E) training for programs and projects. Bridging theoretical concepts with practical, how-to knowledge, authors Scott Chaplowe and J. Bradley Cousins draw upon the scholarly literature, applied resources, and over 50 years of combined experience to provide expert guidance for M&E training that can be tailored to different training needs and contexts, from training for professionals or non-professionals, to organization staff, community members, and other groups with a desire to learn and sustain sound M&E practices.

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Scott G. Chaplowe is currently a senior monitoring and evaluation (M&E) officer at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), based in Geneva. In addition to M&E, he has over twenty-years experience in policy research and analysis, strategic planning, and capacity building and development for civil society and international organizations. He holds a MA degree from UCLA in Geography, with a focus on political ecology and natural resource management and has authored articles on urban agriculture, civil society and evaluation, coedited a book on sustainable agriculture, and developed an assortment of guides on M&E, program design, capacity assessment, and strategic planning. His initial experience in adult education was working with experiential learning and leadership with Outward Bound and the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). He has since taught at universities in both the United States and abroad (China and Taiwan) and has extensive experience in the development, delivery, and evaluation of individual and organizational training (face-to-face, e-learning, and blended learning). He has provided training in M&E and related topics in North and South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia, including professional development workshops for the American Evaluation Association (AEA), the European Evaluation Society (EES), the South African Monitoring and Evaluation Association (SAMEA), the Malaysian Evaluation Society (MES), and the Sri Lankan Evaluation Association (SLEVA). For more information, visit

J. Bradley Cousins is professor of Evaluation at the Faculty of Education, University of Ottawa. Cousins’ main interests are in program evaluation including participatory and collaborative approaches, use, and capacity building. He received his PhD in Educational Measurement and Evaluation from the University of Toronto in 1988. Throughout his career he has received several awards for his work in evaluation including the Contribution to Evaluation in Canada award (CES, 1999), the Paul F. Lazarsfeld Award for Theory in Evaluation (AEA, 2008) and the AERA Research on Evaluation Distinguished Scholar Award (2011). He has published many articles and books on evaluation and was editor of the Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation from 2002 to 2010. Throughout his career, Cousins has had considerable experience planning, delivering, and evaluating evaluation training and capacity building in Canada and abroad. Internationally he led evaluation capacity building in Central and West Africa and a major three and one-half year project in India. He is currently leading a nation-wide evaluation of teacher in-service training in that country in collaboration with several of the people he had previously trained. Cousins completed a three and one-half year term as director of the Centre for Research on Educational and Community Services at the University of Ottawa in July 2015. He continues to be an active member of CRECS, which has a strong mandate for research and evaluation capacity building. For more information, visit

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