The micro-credential ‘Community-based monitoring’ consist of eight sessions in which both the theoretical framework and concepts as well as the more practical aspects of community-based monitoring are presented and discussed.
The last decades the interest in and practice of Community-based Monitoring (CBM) is steadily increasing. The latter is not surprising given that CBM provides several advantages such as being able to provide low cost, efficient ways of providing local level, high quality information, stimulating citizen empowerment and accountability and many more. Yet CBM also poses several challenges. This course starts by positing CBM in the overall Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) landscape, highlighting the specificities and differences with other types of M&E tools and also the consequences for citizen participation, effectiveness and impact. The course also zooms in on the practical organisation of CBM programmes, focusing on the added value and challenges linked to Data collection in CBM, Data analysis and the use of CBM evidence.
The course is organised in 8 seminar sessions of 2 hours. The overall course is organised between mid-April and mid-May, spread out over various seminars per week (on average 2 – 3 sessions per week on different days). Attendance in class is mandatory to allow for interaction, debate and group work. All sessions are organised in Antwerp (city campus). Students of the micro-credential course will participate in the same session as the advanced master students of the master in Development Studies of IOB. This group consists of a group of predominantly international students of about 5-10 students.