This course stresses participatory methods in monitoring and evaluation, where multiple stakeholders are involved in the process of planning, collecting, interpreting, communicating, and using information. This approach emphasizes a regular monitoring process that leads to continuous improvements. The course uses a case study and team discussions to illustrate the participatory monitoring and evaluation process.
Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:
- Plan a monitoring and evaluation project
- Develop evaluation questions that address stakeholders needs
- Select the most appropriate data collection method for a given situation
- Effectively communicate monitoring and evaluation data.
- Use the monitoring information to achieve continuous improvement
Who should take this course? This course is ideal for people who are interested in monitoring single projects, multiple projects, or development progress of an entire community. This includes development project managers, field workers, university professionals, students, and people working or volunteering at NGOs, NPOs, government organizations or missionary organizations. In addition, people involved in funding community development projects benefit from this course.
Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.
Due to the condensed time frame for this course, students cannot withdraw and receive a refund once the course begins.
Pilar Robledo is originally from Hell’s Kitchen in New York City and returned to Colorado in 2014 after nearly two decades of field work in Central and South Asia (literally, every one of the seven “stans”.) She was a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Kyrgyz Republic, worked for IREX—the International Research and Exchanges Board, as the Regional Director for Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and the Kyrgyz Republic, aka Kyrgyzstan), and then with the International Rescue Committee, Save the Children, UNHCR in Pakistan and Afghanistan mostly working with the Afghan refugee population on education, registration or survey projects. She received her B.A. in Latin American Studies and Anthropology from CU Boulder, and her MPA from CU Denver. She speaks English, Spanish and Russian.
Luminita Cuna has a Master of Science in Sustainable Development with focus on Environmental Management from the University of London/School of Oriental and African Studies. Her Master's thesis researched the impact of conservation policies on protected areas in the Amazon and their effects on the indigenous people that live in these areas. Luminita worked for 10 years in Information Technology, including at the United Nations. She studied International Economics and French at Mount Holyoke College, where she earned her BA. Luminita holds a Graduate Certificate in Management of Information Systems and a Professional Certificate in Journalism, both from New York University and a Sustainable Community Development Certificate from Colorado State University. Luminita is the founder and director of Maloca (a Village Earth affiliate), a grassroots support organization that works with indigenous communities living in the Amazon basin. Luminita has been working with indigenous communities in the Amazon since 2006.