Training Course on Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) and GIS

Incorporating remote sensing and GIS into monitoring and evaluation processes makes it possible to link or integrate information that is difficult to associate through any other means. Presenting data through maps enhances comprehension regarding spatial significance. Leveraging GIS for monitoring and evaluation enhances the efficiency of conveying results to management, funding partners, and beneficiaries. The objective of this M&E and GIS training is to make monitoring and evaluating easier and more informative when reporting the progress of projects and programmes.

M&E and GIS

Target Participants

This training is designed for professionals in projects/programs who want to apply GIS to improve their monitoring and evaluation systems.

What you will learn

By the end of the course the learner should be able to:

  • Gain an understanding of key concepts in M&E and GIS
  • Appreciate the new technologies being adopted in project monitoring and evaluation
  • Learn about the working of M&E information management systems
  • Learn how to collect data using mobile phones and GPS
  • Learn how to integrate existing M&E data with GIS
  • Learn how to analyze and visualize M&E data with the aid of GIS techniques
  • Learn how to integrate GIS into M&E activities

Course duration

10 days (two weeks)

Course Outline

Module 1

Introduction to Monitoring, Learning, and Evaluation

  • Definition of monitoring, learning, and evaluation
  • Why monitoring, learning, and evaluation are important
  • Key principles and concepts in monitoring, learning, and evaluation
  • Monitoring, learning, and evaluation processes

Results-Based Management

  • Introduction to a results-based management approach
  • Steps in results-based management
  • Application of results-based management in project design
  • Understanding the results chain approach

Project Analysis

  • Problem analysis
  • Objectives analysis
  • Strategy analysis

Module 2

Project Logic Design

  • Introduction to problem analysis
  • Understanding M&E causal pathway
  • Developing the project results levels: goal, outcomes, and output
  • Formulating activities

Project Indicators

  • Indicator development
  • Predefined indicators
  • Linking indicators to results in programs
  • Indicator matrix
  • Program indicator performance tracking

Completing the M&E Tools

  • Completing the logical framework
  • Developing a theory of change
  • Completing the performance measurement framework

Project Monitoring

  • Types of monitoring
  • Monitoring strategies
  • Tools for monitoring and performance measurement

Module 3 

M&E Reporting

  • Introduction to reporting
  • Key elements in progress reporting
  • Reporting schedules

M&E Plan

  • Introduction to M&E system and M&E Plan
  • Components of the M&E Plan
  • Developing the M&E Plan
  • Implementing the M&E plan

Baseline Studies in Results-based M&E

  • Importance of baseline studies
  • Process of conducting baseline studies
  • Baseline study vs evaluation

Module 4 

Project Evaluations

  • Introduction to project evaluation
  • Types of evaluations
  • Process of conducting evaluation
  • Project evaluation criteria
  • Developing evaluation questions
  • Developing evaluation matrix
  • Evaluation Reporting

Overview of Impact Evaluation

  • Introduction to impact evaluation
  • Project attribution for the outcome of interest
  • Impact evaluation designs

Module 5 

Reporting in M&E

  • Reporting on progress toward outcomes to stakeholders and participatory dissemination.
  • Communication activities to partners and stakeholders
  • Lessons learned
  • Key activities and results that need planning
  • Using the information for the action-learning process and reporting 

Learning in M&E

  • Introduction to learning
  • Documentation of lessons learned and best practices
  • Use of learning to improve and strengthen projects
  • M&E Results dissemination

Module 6

Introduction to GIS and remote sensing software

  • Software for GIS
  • GIS system installation and setup
  • Data sources and types in GIS 

Spatial data collection techniques

  • Using GPS
  • Using GPS utility software for managing and downloading and managing data
  • Working with data from different sources
  • Attributes manipulation in GIS
  • Using Mobile Phones for GIS data collection
  • Importing GPS data to Quantum GIS 

Key Options of Geospatial Data Representations

  • Data and layout view
  • Layer order and transparency
  • Symbology and label
  • Annotations

Module 7 

Visualizing project data

  • Understand map layers in GIS
  • Composing a GIS layout from GIS layers
  • Difference between a map and a layout
  • Navigate maps
  • Bringing tabular/spreadsheet data into a GIS (Excel, SPSS, Access etc)
  • Connecting visual map features and tabular data
  • Selecting subsets of map features from geo processing
  • Finding map features
  • Use data sorting records and labeling features to produce information
  • Key elements of a map
  • Composing a map
  • Case study 

Module 8 

GIS and GPS for M&E

  • Integrating M&E and geographic information systems (GIS)
  • Deciding if M&E -GIS is appropriate for specific projects
  • Developing an M&E -GIS system for projects
  • Creating maps supporting monitoring and evaluation systems
  • Defining the data requirements and key indicators
  • Defining the data collection process
  • Designing and creating the data input table
  • Map making; Creating the thematic map

Module 9 

Styling geographical features

  • Basic vector styling
  • Basic raster styling
  • Raster mosaicing and clipping 

Producing final map

  • Spatial Analysis
  • Point pattern analysis
  • Heatmap in QGIS
  • Graduated point map
  • Density maps
  • Offset point location

Module 10 

Buffer and Join analysis

  • Spatial join
  • Table join
  • Spatial query

M&E-GIS data system and Reporting

  • Updating data in the M&E-GIS system
  • Getting periodic reports from the field
  • Preparing monitoring and evaluation reports /communicating results
  • Preparing the working project reporting maps
  • Case study



South Sudan

Training Approach for GIS Technologies for M&E

This course is delivered by our seasoned trainers who have vast experience as expert professionals in the respective fields of practice. The course is taught through a mix of practical activities, theory, group works and case studies.

Training manuals and additional reference materials are provided to the participants.


Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be issued with an internationally recognized certificate. Altum Training and Research Institute is NITA certified. Read more.

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The training fee covers tuition fees, learning materials, and training venue. Accommodation and airport transfer are arranged for our participants upon request.

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