This one-of-a-kind book 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, the authors draw upon the scholarly literature, applied resources, and over 50 years of combined experience to provide expert guidance that can be tailored to different M&E training needs and contexts, including those for novices, professionals, organizations and their staff, community members, and other groups with a desire to learn and sustain sound M&E practices.



A brief activity intended to increase the energy level among trainees, typically involving physical movement and laughter.


Energizers help make training more active and fun (see Adult Learning Principle 8, Chapter 4, Table 4.4). They are useful to liven up the atmosphere during tedious M&E topics or when there is a lull in the group energy (e.g., after a lunch break). They are also useful for breaking down barriers, teambuilding, and reinforcing group cohesiveness.


As with icebreakers, energizers can distract from learning time when unrelated to learning content. Also, when poorly facilitated, they can backfire and set a damaging tone for the training.

Additional considerations

When possible, use energizers that reinforce M&E learning content. Trainers should select energizers that they are comfortable and enjoy: If their enthusiasm ...

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