Social Project’s Monitoring and Evaluation Research

Social Project’s Monitoring and Evaluation Research

Case Studies, PM4NGOs, Project Management, Statistics

Written and created by Communitaria Consultoria Social

 

This quest arose out of certain discomforts developed after years working with Social Investment. Later, they turned into questions/hypotheses that demanded a searh for information/solutions.

It was a long way (and still incomplete). However, it enable us to share our discomforts and perceptions. The following is a summary of the results of the phases already carried out so far.

 

  • Phase 1: Understanding Social Project’s Management challenges hrough a free poll on social media (in 2018)
  • Phase 2: Identyfing monitoring and evaluating projects challenge’, as well as the tools used to manage them through a poll on social media (2020)
  • Phase 3: Collecting challenges, paths chosen and scenarios for projects monitoring and evaluation and it’s use as a tool for strategic decision – through interviews (2020)
  • Phase 4: To conclude, with support from the PIPE Entrepreneur FAPESP, a proposal for systematizing project evaluation and monitoring (end of 2020 / beginning of 2021)
  • Phase 5: Applying the pilot for systematization in Social Projects
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Caritas Nigeria, PM4NGOs training partner

Caritas Nigeria, PM4NGOs training partner

Partners, Training

PM4NGOs gladly announce Caritas Nigeria as new training partner.

Written by: Caritas Nigeria

 

Caritas Nigeria – also referred to as the Catholic Caritas Foundation (CCFN), was established in 2010 as a development agency of the Catholic Church. With a focus on Integral Human development, her interventions are anchored through six key thematic areas namely: Health, Agriculture and Livelihoods, Good governance, Emergency/Humanitarian Response, Anti-human Trafficking; and Institutional
Capacity-strengthening. Her mission is to stimulate and drive development into every segment of the Nigerian society irrespective of race, religion or class.

Caritas Nigeria leverages the existing structure of the Church to achieve her mission. This comprises of hundreds of healthcare facilities and schools, thousands of communities and a huge network of local church partners and institutions in over 56 dioceses of the country. Beyond this, Caritas Nigeria
belongs to an international confederation of about 165 Caritas member nations (Caritas Internationalis) whose common goal is to carry out development interventions across the globe. Through these, she is better-positioned to effectively collaborate and share knowledge at local and international levels.

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Bond, PM4NGOs training partner

Bond, PM4NGOs training partner

Partners, Training

PM4NGOs gladly announce Bond as new training partner.

Written by: Bond

 

Bond is the UK network for organisations working in international development. During these increasingly difficult times, charities and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are finding it even harder to achieve their missions. We connect, strengthen and champion a dynamic network of diverse civil society organisations to help eradicate global poverty, inequality and injustice.

Bond was founded in 1993 with 61 members. Now we unite nearly 450 organisations, ranging from small specialist charities to large international NGOs with a world-wide presence.

We’ve been developing the careers of professionals in the international development sector for over 25 years through our engaging and highly practical courses. Every year, thousands of individuals from the development and humanitarian community around the world choose to improve their skills, knowledge and expertise through our training. As well as our project management courses, we also run training in safeguarding, monitoring & evaluation, funding and advocacy and transparency.

During the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis, we are continuing our commitment to support your learning and development. Up to December 2020, we’ll be delivering all our courses online through our exciting new Bond learning platform.  Our online courses include live facilitated and interaction sessions (using Zoom), as well as individual and group activities.

We can also deliver any of our courses bespoke for your organisation

Our project management courses are:

 

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Opinion: Reducing the barriers to career advancement

Opinion: Reducing the barriers to career advancement

Partners

Getting certified can be an important factor in career mobility, employability, and upholding high sector standards. Online certifications are one way to increase access and ensure content aligns with current best practices.

According to a survey — which is not yet publicly available — that we have done at online learning site DisasterReady.org, 94% of aid workers see certifications as an opportunity for professionals to demonstrate their skills, knowledge of a role, and commitment to continuous professional development.

What separates a certification from a course is the assessment and validation of knowledge. And for many humanitarians, particularly those working as national staff members, this validation of knowledge can be a key component of career advancement, particularly when valued by employers.

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The  Golden Thread – Project Management in Three Sectors

The Golden Thread – Project Management in Three Sectors

Partners, Project Management

This report – the third in the Golden Thread series – is published at a time where many of the certainties in place when this research was conducted no longer exist. At the time of writing, the coronavirus looks like it will have a long tail of implications.

APM’s The Golden Thread research sought to identify the size and contribution of projects and project management to the UK economy and society. Following highly positive feedback and numerous requests for further information particularly for regional and sectorial detail, APM commissioned PwC Research to undertake a second phase to build on the original study. 

Our attention turns to some of the sectors where project management skills are increasingly being utilised to run projects more effectively, efficiently and professionally.

This research focuses on three growth areas for project management, which APM believes deserve specific attention as sectors where the contribution of project management has been overlooked or lacks specific data or attention.

These sectors are healthcare and pharmaceuticals/life sciences, the charity sector, and the small and medium enterprise (SME) sector as a whole. Our research concludes that project management is offering these sectors significant benefits and opportunities, which have the potential to result in improved professionalism and better project delivery.

Read the full article and access the reports at:
https://www.apm.org.uk/goldenthread/sector/

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Chamada para ação em imediata priorização do desenvolvimento profissional para aceleração da resposta global ao COVID-19 – Press Release

Chamada para ação em imediata priorização do desenvolvimento profissional para aceleração da resposta global ao COVID-19 – Press Release

COVID-19

A magnitude da crise COVID-19 é algo que nosso setor nunca enfrentou antes. O sucesso da resposta depende de uma ação coletiva de todos e esforços unificados visando antigas deficiências e exclusões em todo o setor.
O PM4NGOs e seus parceiros são profissionais dos setores de desenvolvimento e humanitário de
todo o mundo. Temos testemunhado, em primeira mão, o impacto que o desenvolvimento profissional pode causar, especialmente no gerenciamento de projetos. Agora mais do que em qualquer outro momento, nós acreditamos que é imperativo que atores locais e nacionais tenham acesso à desenvolvimento profissional no tempo correto, de forma direcionada, e com credibilidade, para ajuda-los a navegar o contexto do COVID-19 e entregar assistência com qualidade para suas comunidades, de forma segura. Estamos convidando organizações em todo o setor a participar do nosso chamado para ação.
Através do endosso à esta carta, nós reconhecemos e damos suporte à priorização de investimentos em desenvolvimento profissional para atores locais, para acelerar a resposta global ao COVID-19.
Acreditamos firmemente que uma eficaz e coordenada resposta só pode ser alcançada quando
atores locais e nacionais tiverem o conhecimento, habilidades, ferramentas, e flexibilidade para melhor servir suas comunidades.
Convidamos organizações para participar desta carta aberta ao setor porque, coletivamente, teremos melhor capacidade de promover e influenciar uma mudança neste contexto. Todas as organizações e parceiros que endossarem esta carta serão listadas (nome da organização, em ordem alfabética) no nosso website, em um comunicado à imprensa, em comunicação com parceiros, e em nossa mídia social. Esta carta será compartilhada com parceiros e o público em geral para gerar diálogo e discussão sobre este tema e problema.

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“Participatory methods” during project identification

“Participatory methods” during project identification

Project DPro, Project Management

During the project identification and design may organisations fall in the trap of the conventional research as it is thought that the researcher is the expert and knows more through the extensive experience that he/she has. Mostly, this method of research will result to the failure of the project to achieve its purpose and Goal as the thoughts of the users, beneficiaries and targeted communities were eliminated from the beginning to know their needs and how to respond to. The participatory learning action-PLA research method is a set of actions that are done at the beginning of the project to investigate more about the core problem, assess the current situation and define the possible solutions and interventions that could help the targeted communities. All of those actions should be done jointly with the community members and other stakeholders. Thus, the first step for this process is to identify the stakeholders so that we can ensure close communication and coordination with them. The first tool that might be useful to identify the stakeholders is the Venn diagram. The Venn diagram is a visual tool that shows the most relevant stakeholder, their level of influence and power, and the connections between each stakeholder and the other. The Venn diagram does not give us detailed information about each stakeholder thus, another tool is needed. This tool is called the stakeholder analysis matrix. The matrix helps with elaborating more about each stakeholder by giving more details about each one of them, classify them into categories to communicate later on easily, gives more details about their interest with the capacities that they have and how we can keep them interacted.

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PM4NGOs People – Josephine Carlson

PM4NGOs People – Josephine Carlson

Board Members

Josephine has worked in international development and humanitarian response for more than twelve years. A true generalist, she has accumulated a broad experience from managing programmes, people, and processes for several large INGOs and across a wide range of thematic areas, predominantly while based in post-conflict and/or disaster-affected contexts, such as Afghanistan, Lebanon and Myanmar. Having played a central part in Mercy Corps’ efforts to roll out and standardise project management across the agency globally, Josephine is qualified to Project DPro Level 1 and Program DPro, and a trained facilitator and Trainer of Trainers in Project DPro.  

Josephine is a firm believer in that improving and assuring quality, with the ultimate goal of delivering the best impact for the communities we support and serve, should drive all international development work. Successful project and programme management is key to this effort.

Josephine holds both a Bachelor Degree and a Master of Social Science in Peace and Conflict Studies from Uppsala University, Sweden. She is Swedish and currently based outside Stockholm.

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Four traps that can lead to project failure

Four traps that can lead to project failure

Project DPro, Project Management

Accountability for results trap

Lack of management capacity trap

Cultural trap

One-size-fits-all trap

According to statistics from several sources, there are between 39 to 64% of projects that result in failure and projects’ stakeholders are more dissatisfied than those that are satisfied (Ilk, 2012). This failure might either be with operational implementation as not meeting one of the three project constraints, i.e. project scope/quality, time frame or allocated budget; or by non-reaching the project impact, purposes and Goal. The project failure can be a result of several reasons, e.g. a wrong or impractical design, unclear project scope, lack of communications, overloaded project team, lack of stakeholder engagement, unrealistic appraisals, unrecognised potential risks, poor planning, absence of monitoring and controlling, and weak institutional capacity. Those reasons can be classified into three categories: context related problems, management capacity problems, and sustainability problem (Ilk, 2012). It is believed that those reasons for project failures are the results for failing into one of the following four traps that project managers might sink into: “the one-size-fits-all trap”, “the accountability for results trap”, “the lack of project management capacity trap”, and “the cultural trap” (Ilk, 2012). So, let us analysis more every one of those traps and try to suggest solutions that can mitigate the risk of failing in each one of them so that we can increase the likelihood for the project success.

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How to create and manage an Issue Log

How to create and manage an Issue Log

Project DPro, Project Management, Tools

Creating an Issue Log is an activity performed during project Implementation. The PMD Pro Guide defines an issue as:

An issue is an unresolved decision, situation or problem that will significantly impact the project and that the project team cannot immediately resolve.

The Issue Log is a tool for reporting and communicating designed to facilitate the timely resolution of issues. Without an issue log, it is possible to either ignore or forget about issues arising, only for those issues to have more serious consequences later on.

Please note that this is a resource available at the DPro+ platform. In order to access the DPro+ you must be Project DPro or Program DPro certified.

Click here to read this full guidance and access the series of “How to” guides available at the DPro+ platform.


The “How to” guides are booklets that present guidance and tips to develop some of the Project DPro and Program DPro tools. Some of the activities related to the project/program management routine are also included in the “How To” collection.

If you have an idea for a “How to” guide or you would like to write one, please contact our team and share your experience.

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