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.

Guest Speakers


People external to the training provide a presentation or answer questions to support learning objectives.


External speakers are useful to introduce practical expertise or different viewpoints relevant to M&E to make learning more relevant and real (Adult Learning Principle 6; Chapter 4, Table 4.4). Guest speakers can be stimulating and engaging for learners and add credibility to the training. As with lectures, they work well with large groups.


Guest speakers share many of the disadvantages of a lecture activity (discussed earlier), such as low-level audience participation. Another consideration is that trainers have less control over the training content and delivery, which will depend on the individual speaker. Scheduling is dependent on speaker availability, and other costs may be required to engage the speaker.

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