You have drafted a logical framework, or a theory of change, and you need someone to check it? You are groping for progress indicators that make sense and that satisfy the expectation of the organisation you must report to? You need someone to bounce off ideas on your evaluation design, or ways in which you will implement it?
A couple of short online or face-to-face sessions may help addressing these – and many other – questions linked to planning, monitoring, and evaluation (PME).
A PME clinic is a short, individual session to solve specific problems. The idea was born in the margins of a week-long strategy planning process, when the participants felt they needed expert input to develop the right kind of progress indicators. In the calm, sheltered setting of a one-on-one online session, every participant received individual guidance.
A PME clinic can also support the development of evaluation terms of reference, an evaluation design, a theory of change, or a funding proposal.
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PME training can be delivered based on ready-made training packages or tailored to specific groups or individuals. I have done both, with clients including inter alia UN Women and Transparency International, face-to-face in a wide range of settings, and online.
PME stands for “planning, monitoring and evaluation”. There are many acronyms that include the terms ‘learning’ or ‘knowledge management’. Another common one is MEL, which stands for “monitoring, evaluation, and learning”. Usually, the processes designated by these acronyms are about planning, and collecting and analysing data on a project or programme, and learning from that.