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Training on Monitoring & Evaluation, Research Designs & Data Analysis using Microsoft Excel - Tanzania

Training on Monitoring & Evaluation, Research Designs & Data Analysis using Microsoft Excel - Tanzania

Training on Monitoring & Evaluation, Research Designs & Data Analysis using Microsoft Excel is part of Sambodhi endeavour to enhance understanding of Research in Monitoring and Evaluation in particular among practitioners and scholars.


This training on Monitoring & Evaluation, Research Designs & Data Analysis aims to re-orient development practitioners on contemporary M&E processes; introduce them to scientific research methodologies and, equip them with analytical skills to draw valid conclusions from data. Specifically, the training aims to:

  • Re-orient participants on basic concepts of Monitoring & Evaluation
  • Highlight key considerations in designing and implementation of monitoring systems
  • Deepen the participants understanding on impact evaluations by studying contemporary research designs
  • Introduce participants to data analysis techniques using Microsoft Excel - Drawing conclusions from collected data

Who should attend?

The event solicits participation from all actors engaged in M&E theory, practice and use. With cross-sectoral focus, the raining seeks participation from practitioners, programme managers, consultants, policy-makers, academics and researchers. Participants will carry personal laptops with Microsoft Excel installed, for the data analysis session on Day 2 of the training.

Why this training?

The programming and practice of development interventions has evolved significantly in the new millennium. Development institutions today are far more cognizant of the need for objective planning, efficient implementation and effective delivery of development outcomes.

These advances have increased the need for responsive Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) systems to be instituted within projects and organizations. An appropriately designed and executed M&E system not only facilitates greater learning and reflection, it also helps institutions build greater ownership among stakeholders by improving upstream and downstream communication. It is therefore imperative for development practitioners to familiarize themselves with the 'nuts & bolts' of M&E.

In addition to M&E, this training also deep-dives into contemporary research designs used by evaluators' globally. Participants in the training will be taken through research designs aimed at hypothesis testing using case studies and practical examples from actual evaluations. To close the learning loop, participants will also be introduced to data analysis and interpretation using Microsoft Excel.

With these objectives in mind, Sambodhi is organizing a 2 days Monitoring & Evaluation, Research Design & Data Analysis Training in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania on 22nd & 23rd February 2018.

About the trainer

Dharmendra is management graduate with more than 15 years of experience in Design, Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation of developmental imperatives. Over the last decade, Dharmendra has lead the conceptualization, development and implementation of more than 20 practice-focused and cost-effective training modules on various aspects of project management, monitoring, evaluation and data analytics on which more than 3000 professionals have been trained South Asia and Africa. A thought leader in measurement, learning and evaluation landscape, Dharmendra has led multidisciplinary teams in around 50 evaluations projects in India using multitude of evaluation designs and approaches.

Co-founder and Chief Knowledge Officer of Sambodhi, Dharmendra is responsible for leading Sambodhi's knowledge vision and strategy, including identifying and incubating emerging methodologies and designs with relevance to Project Management, Monitoring and Evaluation, Research.

Course Content

Day 1 Fundamentals of Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E)

  • 0930 - 1000: Registration
  • 1000 - 1045: Introductory session
  • 1045 - 1100: Morning Tea
  • 1100 - 1200: Revisiting fundamentals - Defining a Project and Project Cycle
  • 1200 - 1245: M&E Fundamentals - Logic Model and Theory of Change
  • 1245 - 1330: Designing indicators - Define & design Indicators; identify components of a good indicators
  • 1330 - 1430: Lunch break
  • 1430 - 1500: Creating an M&E Plan - Performance Management Framework
  • 1500 - 1600: Other highlights - Monitoring Vs. Evaluation, M&E typologies, M&E process
  • 1600 - 1615: Evening tea
  • 1615 - 1715: Re-look at M&E Framework
  • 1715 - 1730: Practical issues in M&E
  • 1730 : End of Day 1

Day 2 Research designs & basic data analysis using Microsoft Excel

  • 0930 - 1000: Recap of Day 1
  • 1000 - 1045: Introduction to Evaluation & Evaluation Designs - Experimental, Quasi-Experimental & Descriptive/Non-Experimental Designs
  • 1045 - 1100: Morning tea
  • 1100 - 1200: Re-orientation on Evaluation Process
  • 1200 - 1300: Implementing the Quasi-Experimental Design - Case study from real-world evaluations
  • 1300 - 1400: Lunch break
  • 1400 - 1500: Data analysis using MS Excel - Descriptive analyses, Correlation and Regression with MS Excel
  • 1500 - 1530: Enhancing presentation of contents of M&E reports
  • 1530 - 1545: Discussion & conclusion
  • 1545 - 1600: Valedictory
  • 1600 : End of Day 2


In consonance with the programme design, the overarching methodology for delivery of training is based on the principles of participatory adult learning that would build upon the experiential learning of participants. The programme pedagogy focuses on interactive group learning and aims both at knowledge development and skill upgradations through interactive and peer learning. Reading and resource material developed by leading subject experts augments the classroom experience. Training being a mutual learning process, the programme is built on the premise - I hear, I forget; I see, I remember; I do, I understand.


USD 250/ TZS 575000 per participant inclusive of VAT (Fee covers reading and resource material, lunch & refreshments during the event. Participants requested to bring their personal laptops with MS installed for the session on Day 2)

Fee can be paid through online transfer using the following details:

    Account Name: Sambodhi Limited
    Bank Name: Standard Chartered
    Account number (TZS): 0102022028600
    Account Number (USD): 8702022028600
    Bank Swift Code: SCBLTZTZ


Early bird discounts: Registrations done before February 10, 2018 - 10% Group registration: Two or more participants - 20% Other discounts: Student discount - 20%

If applicable, two or more discounts can be clubbed.

Contact Us

M: +255-758279377 (Arpan)
M: +255-787894173 (Vijay)


22 Feb
23 Feb
9:00AM - 5:30PM
Hotel Mayfair Plaza, Mikocheni, Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania

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