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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Social Development Project Management Overview

Social Development Project Management Overview

Development Sector, Statistics

The Communitaria Consultoria Social has concluded a research about Social Development Project Management in Brazil:

“This research reflects our discomfort on issues faced daily as a consultancy. At times, we partake in dialogue with organizations trying to clarify how to form adequate goals for projects, while other times we discuss advanced methods of impact evaluation. In the field of social investment we have many different levels of knowledge that provoke us continuously. We frequently catch ourselves in conversations about just how much the challenges we encountered during operations have in common.

Therefore, the idea was to create conversation around discussing the number of coincidences and to what extent the exchange of knowledge and of practices can lead us – as part of the social investment field – to discuss and find solutions more collectively. We have twice managed to gather a group of stakeholders but, beyond difficulties with agendas, we had to rise to the challenge of investing alone in free circles of knowledge, despite being a small company… The next step was to formulate research, with the help of the participants, in order to map out the field and generate knowledge that would lead us to reflect on it.

It was not an easy journey, but we counted on people who were dedicated and willing to collaborate.

The response to the research took longer than we would have liked. We had problems along the way, yet we continued on and we would try to further analyze each group of results so as to provide all the possibilities of vision and analysis that we could. We did not focus on coming to conclusions by ourselves because we would wish for all the data to help you arrive to your own conclusions and experiences… We believe that everyone has his or her own conclusions and paths to follow.

Also, a big thank you to all those who have participated, it has been incredible!”
Communitaria Team


Social Project Management – Research Results

Created by Comunitaria Social Consultancy


Gestão de Projetos Sociais - Resultado de Pesquisa

Criado por Comunitária Consultoria Pessoal

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A great year for PMD Pro

Project DPro, Project DPro Certification, Project DPro Guide, Statistics

PM4NGOs has been the guardian of PMD Pro since 2011, but its story started four years before when LINGOs began to work with a group of international NGOs in 2007 to collectively define agreed upon principles and best practices in project management in the development sector.

That early group received some funding from PMIEF and included Catholic Relief Services, Habitat for Humanity, World Vision, Save the Children, Oxfam and others as well as representatives from The Project Management Institute. The work of that group laid out a framework for the Project Management in Development curriculum which was developed and field tested by over 200 practitioners from 15 organizations in 20 countries between 2010 and 2011.

Since the guide and certification development, 2016 was the best year: we had 3,301 new certified professionals last year, 10,4% more than in 2015 and the highest number of certified professionals in the history of PMD Pro.

We have reached 14,363 certified professionals in 148 countries, from a total of 18,564 exams taken. 75% of certified professionals are in the developing countries.

Considering only countries with 100 or more PMD Professionals, some presented remarkable results:

  • Sri Lanka (256,06% increase) – from 66 to 235
  • Syria (240,35% increase) – from 57 to 194
  • India (156,60% increase) – from 53 to 136
  • Nigeria (151,80% increase) – from 139 to 350
  • Mexico (107,35% increase) – from 68 to 141
  • Turkey (90% increase) – from 160 to 304
  • Ghana (69,33% increase) – from 75 to 127

We are sure that 2017 will also be a great year. With the Program Guide coming in the next months and a beginning of PMD Pro review at the end of the year, we expect to reach more professionals, in more countries, impacting thousands of projects and beneficiaries.

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