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.

Practicum Experience


Activities conducted in the actual context in which learning is to be applied—for example, on-the-job or during a field visit/exercise working with actual M&E stakeholders.


Practicum activities are a form of active learning that can be engaging, stressing experiential learning from “doing” in real-life settings, allowing learners to practically learn M&E concepts under the guidance/support of an experienced trainer or mentor (Adult Learning Principles 4, 6, and 7; Chapter 4, Table 4.4).


Practicum activities can cause anxiety for certain learners. They also require considerable time, resources, and logistics to arrange and conduct. Substandard performance can impact M&E task, service delivery, and any stakeholders who are involved.

Additional considerations

A practicum activity is a valuable approach to incorporate an actual program or project M&E needs with practical ...

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