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.

Discussion Activities


People exchange ideas or questions on a given topic, either as a whole group, in subgroups, or in pairs. Discussion can focus on the learning content or the process of learning itself for training monitoring and feedback.


Discussion activities encourage participation and can be used to support peer learning (Adult Learning Principles 4 and 11, Chapter 4, Table 4.4). The very act of people asking and answering questions, providing explanations, or expressing opinions helps them articulate learning points in their own words. Plenary discussion is useful to explore a topic together to ensure everyone is “on the same page.” In our discussion of subgroup forming below, we highlight some advantages of using smaller group sizes.


Discussions can be challenging to facilitate, stay on topic, and ...

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