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.



An activity designed to imitate a realistic scenario or situation for trainees to experience and learn from.


Simulations are active and engaging, and stress experiential learning from doing (Adult Learning Principles 6, 7, and 8; Chapter 4, Table 4.4). Learning is relevant and meaningful to real-life application, preparing trainees to apply new KSA in a safe environment. Simulations can also be useful to assess learners’ level, of understanding and practice of M&E content (Adult Learning Principle 14).


Simulations can cause anxiety and discomfort for certain learners, especially when used for assessment. They are ultimately limited in imitation of reality and can inflate learner confidence.

Additional considerations

Simulations are typically conducted later in the training, after people have learned key concepts and practices. It is critical to clearly ...

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