The Evaluation Society of Kenya just concluded a successful two-day Outcome Mapping Training Workshop, sponsored in collaboration with the Monitoring and Evaluation Department (MED) of the Ministry of Devolution and Planning of the Government of the Republic of Kenya and Right Track Africa.
Leading by example... The workshop was facilitated by an Outcome Mapping Learning Community Steward, Julius Nyangaga. As can be seen from the pictures of the participants, Women have decided to lead by example... These are the ones "to shape the Gender Agenda in Evaluation post-2015", even as we prepare for the official launch of EvalGender+ in Nepal in November... But they are not alone... The men MUST also play their part!
The induction session covered the following areas:
1. Defining the Outcome Mapping and Outcome Harvesting philosophies. Comparing the approach to other project management methods highlighting its strengths and weaknesses;
2. Going through the Outcome Mapping steps, giving a clear explanation behind each concept and how it is best applied. Using case examples to support understanding;
3. Showing or demonstrating monitoring journals/tools and evaluation reports that have been used to apply outcome mapping.
The key gender message from the training, beyond Outcome Mapping, was that women are not to be left behind. They are a critical cog in the wheel of shaping the Gender Agenda in Evaluation Post-2015. And clearly, the members of the Evaluation Society of Kenya (ESK) have confirmed this by leading from the front!
The training was facilitated by one of the Outcome Mapping Greats... Julius Nyangaga...
Julius is currently the CEO and a senior consultant for Right Track Africa http://righttrack.co.ke, a consortium of professionals in Kenya established in October 2013 to provide services in Strategy Development, Business Development Services, and Monitoring and Evaluation. Julius is also a Steward of the Outcome Mapping learning Community (OMLC) http://www.outcomemapping.ca, a global, informal, open membership network for sharing information and facilitating learning on using Outcome Mapping.
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I learnt quite a lot during the OM training.
I personally appreaciated the OM training and now trying to use it in our organization, my colleagues like it too
I would Like to join the Evaluation Society of Kenya. kindly provide me with details.
Thanks for sharing Ponge! I have never used OM but would love to learn. Would you have any example or experience to share where OM can bring out gender and equity lens?
Thank you Yasmin for the thumbs up. I will share the praise with our Monitoring and Evaluation Department!
Governments in third world countries do not even have the departments of monitoring , they should learn from kenya and take the steps to establish monitoring departments.
Very informative step
Thank you for your kind words. The training was an introductory course for beginners in Outcome Mapping, but definitely it was laced with examples from past assignments on Outcome Mapping, which were not that detailed to pass for 'Best Practices on Outcome Mapping'. I would like to refer you to http://www.outcomemapping.ca/resource/omlc where certainly you will get a very rich resource of best practices. It would be ideal to register as an online member at OMLC to benefit maximally!
Well done Ponge.
Do you have any stories on 'best practices' or lessons learnt on Outcome Mapping?
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