Design, Monitoring and Evaluation for Peacebuilding

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Trainings, Workshops, and Free E-Learning for Summer 2015

Author, Copyright Holder: 
Ella Duncan, Search for Common Ground

An essential part of evaluation is taking time to reflect.  We often think of this in reference to entire peacebuilding projects, but it is also about reflecting on our own individual work.  What have we learned and where would we like to grow professionally?  DME for Peace has compiled a list of upcoming trainings, workshops, and free e-learning courses related to peacebuilding M&E.  These are great ways to increase your own skillset and many of the courses are structured so that you can work on them when you have time.   

Take a look! And please let us know what you would add to the list. 


Trainings and Workshops

*each title is hyperlinked*

Spring Seminar Series on Qualitative Research 

  • June 16 to 19, 2015,  held in Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • Registration closes June 5, 2015. 
  • Led by Research Talk 
  • Join Research Talk, together with Michael Quinn Patton and other leaders in the field for courses on Designing and Implementing Qualitative Studies, The Evolution of Qualitative Inquiry, and Community-Based Participatory Research. 

Minnesota Evaluation Studies Institute (MESI) Summer Evaluation Training

  • June 23 -25, 2015, held in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Led by the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management
  • The Minnesota Evaluation Studies Institute will host four workshops, a community meeting, and an open community event over three days for the Summer 2015 training offerings. Six distinct events will be taking place and a separate registration is needed for each event.

The Evaluators Institute 

  • July 13 to 25, 2015, held at George Washington University in Washington, DC. 
  • The Evaluators Institute at George Washington University provides instruction and learning activities to enhance the role of, the practice of, and the impact of evaluation. This summer their intensive will cover courses from, the Basics of Program Evaluation to Applied Measurement for Evaluation,  Professional Standards & Principles for Ethical Evaluation Practice, and many other topics. 

Advanced Results Based Management Workshop

  • July 15 to 17, 2015 in Ottawa, Canada
  • Led by MOSAIC 
  • This intensive three-day Advanced RBM workshop will lead participants through: building appropriate M&E systems; developing  logic models that are coherent and results based; preparing results-based reports that include performance stories in meaningful ways; developing Theory of Change narratives to accompany a logic model.

Participatory Monitoring & Evaluation Workshop

  • July 20-25, 2015 in Ottawa, Canada
  • Led by MOSAIC
  • This six-day experiential workshop is practically focused introduction to Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation (PM&E). The PM&E approach involves local people, project stakeholders, and development agencies collaborating to decide how to measure results and what actions should follow once this information has been collected and analyzed.
  • The workshop will include: origins of PM&E; skills and attributes of a PM&E facilitator; PM&E tools; designing an M&E framework; quantitative and qualitative indicators; using mixed-methods; how to triangulate your findings; building action plans. 

Result-based M&E and Outcome and Impact Evaluation

  • September 7 to 18, 2015, held in Bologna, Italy
  • Led by Bologna University and the Center for International Development
  • The 10th Annual Summer School Programme on Monitoring and Evaluation will focus on Result-based Monitoring and Evaluation and Outcome and Impact Evaluation.
  • Result-based Monitoring and Evaluation will provide two workshops - one on how to design and build a results-based monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system in your organization; and a second on how to design, collect and analyze data for a case study evaluation. Outcome and impact Evaluation will be three workshops: how to identify unintended outcomes of development programs; how to incorporate gender into monitoring and evaluation systems; how to evaluate complex development programs.

Free Online Courses 

*each course title is hyperlinked*



Led by…



Monitoring & Evaluation Planning for Projects/Programs

Always open

The American Evaluation Association, Catholic Relief Services, and USAID

Tools for Creative Peacebuilding

Always open

Search for Common Ground and the United States Institute for Peace

Demystifying Monitoring and Evaluation for Peacebuilding Initiatives

Always open

The United States Institute for Peace

M&E Fundamentals

Always open

MEASURE Evaluation and USAID



The Data Scientist’s Toolbox

June 1 to June 28, 2015

Johns Hopkins University

Getting and Cleaning Data

June 1 to June 28, 2015

Johns Hopkins University

Data Visualization

July 20 to August 15, 2015

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Text Mining and Analytics

June 8 to July 7, 2015

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Questionnaire Design for Social Surveys

June 1 to August 10, 2015

University of Michigan

Mobile Data Solutions

Always open

Global Development Lab at USAID, FHI360, and TechChange



Evaluating Social Programs

Always open

Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab with Massachusetts Institute for Technology

Impact Evaluation 

Always open

InterAction and the Rockefeller Foundation

Development Evaluation

Always open

My M&E



Project Management: The Basics for Success

Always open

University of California Irvine

Work Smarter, Not Harder: Time Management for Personal & Professional Productivity

Always open

University of California Irvine

Foundations of Teaching for Learning

June 8 to July 16, 2015

Commonwealth Education Trust

Introduction to Sustainable Development

Always open

Columbia University