The Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, with support from UNICEF on Wednesday October 14, 2020, began three days participatory capacity building training in what is termed as “Result Based Planning Monitoring and Evaluation” for M&E officers in the Port City of Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.
The workshop is being held under the Theme: Strengthening Government Approach for Accountability, Transparency and Result that is aligned with the National Development Plan of the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD).
It is expected that M&E officers will acquire the skills required to correct and define monitoring and evaluation terminologies-output, input, outcome and when conducting evaluation.
The training seeks to define key parameters when conceptualizing an intervention of government projects, highlighting key result based planning framework and its interpretation, as well as being able to demonstrate understandings of the Pro-Poor Agenda for prosperity and Development result framework.
The PAPD interpretation including describing the types of data collection, methodology, the flow of data arrangement or matrix to identify data quality issues along the data flow pathway are also part of topics being taught at the training.
Participants are expected to develop a monitoring and evaluation plan, establish a baseline and end-lines data for each indicator, develop a Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development and the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), monitor frameworks at the County levels, and develop a data collection tools and procedures of reporting templates for the implementation of the PAPD and SDG.
They will as well, finalize the preparation of the Voter National Registry plan for 2020.
At the opening session on Wednesday, Assistant Minister for Development Planning, Benedict Kolubah, conveyed greetings on behalf of the Government of Liberia to the United Nations Children’s Fund for their full support toward capacity building.
“Today we are here to follow up and elaborate on some key issues of National concern. We are also working with County level planners and officials to be able to train and enhance their ability in project planning, monitoring and evaluation at the County level,” he added.
According to him, at the County-level, there is an NGO who works with planners to develop projects to support the implementation of the National Development planning, so the training is key because the government wants to bring Monitoring and Evaluation Officers on par with planning for results, and tracking the results as well.
‘’So this is just the beginning of the process of the National road map for the County level information system,’’ Minister Kolubah stated.
The three-day training has brought together 30 Monitoring and Evaluation Officers from Rivercess, Margibi, Grand Bassa and Montserrado County along with the Assistant Minister for Development Planning, as well as senior staff of the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning.