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.

Independent Learning Activities

Independent Learning Activities


Activities in which individuals are responsible to complete a given learning exercise or task.


Incorporating independent learning activities into M&E training accommodates a wider range of learning styles, providing opportunity for learners who prefer individual time to reflect and organize content themselves (Adult Learning Principles 9; Chapter 4, Table 4.4).


Independent learning activities are limited in learning from trainers and other learners. This absence of interaction can be discouraging for people who prefer more timely assistance and reassurance (although in an in-person setting, trainers can circulate to provide assistance). Individual activities also require a greater degree of self-motivation and responsibility from learners and may not be the best option for the people who procrastinate and have bad study habits.

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