EbA Monitoring and Evaluation Information/data Platform Training from 18th to 26th November 2019.

The Large-scale Ecosystem-based Adaptation Project in The Gambia: developing a climate-resilient, a natural resource-based economy in partnership with the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF), Nairobi, Kenya is organizing a training on Monitoring and Evaluation Information/data Platform from 18th to 26th November 2019. 

25 Participants are selected from the EbA Project, Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Natural Resources, Department of Forestry, Department of Community Development, Department of Parks and Wildlife Management and Department of Agriculture to participate in the training. The aim of the training is to familiarize the participants/end-users with the contents of the EbA Information Platform and to enable them to operate and use the platform. The training delved into why the platform is needed and how to use it for efficiency and effectiveness of project progress monitoring. The training will also include 2 days of field data collection on Key Performance Indicators and sub-indicators in LRR and 1-day general consultation on the platform from a practical user perspective.

The EbA project M&E information platform will serve as the go-to place to acquire details about the progress of project activities. The platform is based on the key performance indicators for the project (KPIs) and the sub-indicators. The platform will be hosted on a cloud server for which a license has to be purchased. 

Two main categories of end-users and one set of experts are anticipated as key interacting groups with the platform.  

Category 1: These are largely people who collect and input the data for the entities and activities to be monitored within the project.  

Category 2: These are project staff who make use of the collected data to generate progress reports and other basic analysis to meet management needs. These are the people who check the progress against the set milestones of the project.  

Category 3: These are people who maintain the platform in case there are any technical hitches or issues. This group is the one that is providing the technical support to make sure the platform runs smoothly with all its datasets and input interfaces.  

The current training serves as stage 1 training and focuses on categories 1 and 2 end users. Another stage of the training can happen later next year as the users gain familiarity with the platform and its possibilities. 

Training objective: To familiarize the end-users of the EbA project to the contents of the EbA M&E Information Platform and enable them to operate the platform. Besides, the training also delves into why the platform is needed and how to use the platform for efficiency and effectiveness of project progress monitoring. The training also includes a full-day session on data quality and what it means for progress monitoring for EbA