13 local initiatives of the project “Improved social services for people with disabilities” are at the moment at the stage of completion of their projects. Primary organizations are testing different services using intersectoral and interdepartmental cooperation and are constantly lobbying for continuation of work of their local initiatives after the end of the project. Thereupon, managers and leaders of local initiatives have to know what to do and how to do it later on, how to work with a target group. It is also important to understand the logic of monitoring of their work, to connect it with a structure, aims and goals of a project, to analyze effectiveness of a project, to write final reports, to develop a structure and theses of a public report and to present the results of a project to interested persons. It is important that information about project activity and results of local initiatives are purposeful, unbiased and structured.
These and other questions were discussed during the training “Project monitoring and evaluation”, which was held in Minsk on December 7-9. More than 20 heads and active workers of local initiatives and task groups of the project participated in the training.
Following topics were discussed during the training: writing public reports, monitoring and evaluation, formation of indicators at different goal levels.The participants of the training were divided into 5 groups to do practical work.
2 tasks were given to the participants of the training:
- to form thesis structure of a public report about work performed by the initiative;
- to present the activity of the initiative using quality and quantitative indicators.
Each of the group presented results of their work. The results presented were discussed by all the participants.
The participants learnt to evaluate their work as if they were donors or representatives of the community; they got skills required for setting aims, formation of indicators, they learnt to present the results of their work, to use specific, realistic quantitative and quality indicators of goal achievement.
The participants of the training developed:
— a concept (a thesis structure) of the report on project/initiative implementation;
— a thesis structure of presentation of activities which were / are being implemented within the project / initiative, in chronological and logical order, using quality and quantitative indicators of achievement.
Viktoria Kalosha, an analyst and a consultant in the field of organizational development and project evaluation was the expert and the trainer during our training.
The training was carried out within the framework of the project “Improved social services for people with disabilities”, which is being implemented by NGO “BelAPDIiMI” with the support of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).