Monitoring and Evaluation in a dynamic health environment (M&E)

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Starting date13-08-2018
Duration2 weeks
End date24-08-2018
KIT application deadline NFP applicants01-04-2017
NFP application deadlinetba (April 2018)
KIT application deadline other funding01-07-2018
LocationKIT, Amsterdam
Course fee Early BirdEUR 2175 (if paid before 1 May 2018)
Course fee NormalEUR 2600 // (tropEd EUR 1570)

This advanced practitioners course equips participants with up-to-date knowledge and state-of-the-art monitoring and evaluation (M&E) tools enabling them to answer such questions as:

What models, frameworks and tools are suitable for a specific evaluation? How to balance the perspectives of different stakeholders? 

Monitoring and evaluation skills are essential tools for working in a dynamic development environment. They aid decision making and lead to improvements in project impact through maximising the learnings available.

This course is designed for senior managers who are actively involved in planning, management and evaluation of health sector reforms in developing countries. These senior managers might be either working in Ministries of Health, or they may be staff of embassies, international organisations, or NGOs developing partnerships with Ministries of Health within the scope of current health reforms.

The new millennium has seen an increase in global aid for health. At the same time there is increasing emphasis on results, impact and aid effectiveness. Ongoing health reforms involve new modes of planning and implementation, new types of partnerships and cooperation. Are the reforms actually achieving their aims? What factors contribute to success or failure in a given context?

There is a need to examine whether projects have an impact on population health, and whether the changes can be attributed to a specific intervention. Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) plays a crucial role in the planning of health sector reforms and policy shifts. At the same time, the sector requires innovative thinking in order to adapt to existing M&E systems.

Adaptations in M&E systems are needed to monitor whether resource allocation follows priorities, scarce human resources are being used efficiently, and essential health services reach the poor and disadvantaged.

The course will allow key staff in Ministries of Health as well as external development partners to gain a deeper understanding of the role M&E plays in all aspects of the health system including the institutional, political, financial, managerial, human resource, inter-sectoral and public health dimensions. Topics covered include M&E, and management information systems which provide the basic data required for informed and effective decision making, planning and implementation in a health system. New M&E frameworks, techniques and information technology will also be examined.


The aim of this short course is to provide participants with a broad knowledge of advanced monitoring and evaluation tools and methods, and how to appropriately apply these in the health sector in developing countries. At the end of the course the participants will be able to:

  • Compare and critically discuss the fundamental concepts that underpin effective monitoring and evaluation of health programs within health systems
  • Formulate the most appropriate M&E strategy in a given situation, develop M&E plans, contrast and adapt suitable evaluation designs, tools and indicators
  • Appraise and select new and innovative approaches to M&E ranging from the appropriate use of technology through to new theoretical frameworks and approaches
  • Critically analyse how aid architecture and multiple stakeholders in the health system influence the design of an M&E strategy as well as participation and decision making

Course Content

Sectoral plans at national, regional or local levels require a strategic investment in management tools that facilitate informed decision making, planning and implementation. Developing appropriate M&E and management information systems is being increasingly recognised as an essential component of any health program. This context is the basis for the course content:

  • Introduction to core concepts: overview of M&E, relationship between monitoring and evaluation and project cycle management
  • Developments and challenges: factors that influence M&E in relation to new architectures of aid, focusing on poverty and health, the multi-stakeholder environment, partnerships, Civil Society Organisation involvement and accountability,
  • Models and frameworks: advantages and limitations of commonly used approaches such as the logical framework approach, realist evaluation, theory of change, monitoring tools for human resources and economic models.
  • Methodology: use of quantitative and qualitative approaches, independent reviews and participative methods, developments in information technology and quality assurance systems
  • Different stakeholders: addressing and balancing perspectives of different stakeholders in decision making as well as level of participation by policy makers, donors, providers and beneficiaries
  • Making M&E equity aware: for example by ensuring data is gender disaggregated; and that the perspectives of minority, disadvantaged and marginalized groups are accommodated
  • Ethics: differences between evaluation and research, need for ethical approval, ethical conduct as an evaluator

Learning methods

The course consists of introductory lectures, exercises, case studies, interactive group discussions, debates and role plays, building on participants’ experiences with the respective topics and issues. A reader will be provided with essential literature that must be read before each class session. 


For participants who wish to be examined a paper or exam can be provided. tropEd students must take an exam at the end of the course.


This course is accredited by tropEd. It can be taken as an advanced module for the Master in International Health programme organised by tropEd, a network of European institutions for higher education in international health.


Classes are held at KIT’s training facilities in Amsterdam.


There is a severe shortage of student accommodation in Amsterdam and participants are advised to contact KIT for information. KIT endeavour to assist participants in their search for accommodation.

Visa requirements

Citizens of most EU or European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries do not need a visa to enter the Netherlands. Visit the Nuffic website for the latest information on visa requirements.

Participants from other countries must obtain a short-stay visa (for up to three months) through the Netherlands embassy or consulate covering the applicant’s country. Applicants will need a letter of admission to the course and proof of sponsorship or sufficient funds to cover the course fee, travel and accommodation costs. Applicants should take into account that in some countries this procedure can take several months.

Insurance requirements

Course participants and accompanying dependents are required by Dutch law to have health, accident and third party insurance. Unless their current insurance policy covers their stay abroad, participants must insure themselves and their dependents in the Netherlands. Dutch insurance companies offer reasonable rates to foreign students.


The arrangement of financial support to cover all study costs is the responsibility of the applicant. KIT does not offer financial support or fellowships.

NFP scholarships

For this course and a number of other KIT courses funding from the Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP) is available for applicants from NFP countries. See the NFP page for more information.  See top of this page for the NFP deadline for this course. Applicants from NFP countries are strongly encouraged to apply for an NFP scholarship.


The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) facilitates the transfer of course credits between different institutions of the same academic level. A course or module comprising 30 hours of formal teaching and private study is equivalent to one ECTS credit point.


This course is also accredited for the Master in International Health programme organised by tropEd, a network of European institutions for higher education in international health.

 Admission criteria

  • A degree in public health or international health: BSc, MSc or equivalent academic training
  • A basic knowledge of epidemiology and principles of social research
  • At least 3 years of professional experience, preferably working at a national level in low and middle income countries
  • Experience in Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Proven proficiency in spoken and written English

Application procedure

The application package is due two months before the start of the course.

Please upload your application online. The following documents should be uploaded:

  • A one-page letter of motivation
  • Copies of your diplomas and grade reports
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae and a list of publications if applicable

This course can be taken on its own or as part of the Master in International Health (MIH) programme.

Early Bird registration

Early Bird registration and payment applies when payment is made before 1 May 2018.
Please note that you will receive a response on your application within 4 weeks.

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Alan Barbieri “Major value of the course has been the high standard of its participants together with the perfect “mediation” of the lecturers. I have appreciated the capacity of the KIT team to lead the classes with enough time for peer relations. As for the contents, the course has been a perfect update to better move within the delicate public/private partnership. I hadn’t been studying for years and it was great.”

Alan Barbieri from Italy followed the M&E course in August 2013. Educational background: International Relations, Political Science. Position: Director at Momentum Foundation (Mental Health Care), South Africa. Photo: previous position in Sudan.

Shubha Nagesh India M&E“I enjoyed the M&E course very much and benefited immensely from it. 
The unique collaborative learning opportunity brought together public health professionals from across the world for two weeks. The diversity in the participants of the program helped bring out varied experiences in other resource limited settings, and this knowledge is of huge value.
The course was a great opportunity towards the development of a multi-dimensional perspective, letting different perspectives meet, contrast and be enriched by others. Also, I enjoyed being in Amsterdam. It is a very bright, colourful and happening city. Through the course excursion, we also learnt a lot about dutch culture and living.
The course was a great stepping stone towards building a deeper understanding into the design, implementation and monitoring of health programs effectively and efficiently. I will use the skills, experience and the partnerships to effectively contribute towards childhood disability programs in my country. Many concepts were introduced and elaborated upon at the course. Aspects such as informed decision- making, strategic planning of programs, ethics, equity, multi-stakeholder environments, etc will be valuable adds to our programs. Our programs depend quite heavily on donor funding, and with donors constantly changing, we are expected to adapt quickly our ways of working with them. This particularly applies to monitoring and evaluation frameworks and implementation techniques in programs. 
Since I am the first one in the organisation to receive training on monitoring and evaluation, I can in turn help other program managers with the tools and skills developed in the advanced course. In our experience with running programs for children with special needs, we have found ourselves falling short of monitoring and evaluation practices. I am now keen to strengthen these aspects in the organisation by training staff and making practices more accountable and efficient.
I would absolutely advice others to follow the course. It is quite simply one of the best courses I have been part of!”

Dr Shubha Nagesh from India. Educational background: MBBS, MHA (Health), MPH (Erasmus Mundus Scholar, from Karolinska Institute, Sweden). Employer and position: Director, Follow-up, Latika Roy Foundation, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India

“The course was very good and informative for me because it was very relevant to my work. I enjoyed the friendly atmosphere, level of experience of the teachers and also the very beautiful country and the people of this country. I have gained a lot of the course which I will implement and set up.”

Mohamed Qasim Kham, Ministry of Health, Pakistan, followed the M&E course summer 2014

“The course was good and relevant to my work. I mostely liked the approach of the training. I do recommend this course especially for health professionals in our country. I gained most from the topics of logical frameworks and monitoring and evaluation of health systems.”

Said Assadullah Fayaz, AHEAD, Afghanistan