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AG EXT 602 MONITORING, EVALUATION AND IMPACT ASSESSMENT TECHNIQUES                 (3L+1P) I

Objective

The course intends to orient the learners towards the importance, issues, concepts and methods of monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment. The course will equip them with theoretical as well as analytical understanding and conducting monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment of
extension programmes/ development projects.

Theory

UNIT I
  Definition of  Monitoring, Objectives, tools, methods and approaches of  monitoring; Major Components of project Monitoring: Special Diagnostic studies, Project Completion report, Project sustainability. Monitoring Standards: Past quality or performance, the quality of other systems, desired quality, Professional standards, the quality required, Planning targets and Optimal quality; Usefulness of monitoring: role of project Completion Reports in Monitoring (PCRs); New Approaches to participatory impact Monitoring: Participatory Monitoring: Project Management in Practice; Tips for monitoring and evaluation.

UNIT II
  Concepts and models of programme evaluation; Difference between monitoring and evaluation; Types of Evaluation: Objective Oriented, Management Oriented; Context Evaluation, Input evaluation, Process Evaluation, Product Evaluation, Consumer oriented evaluation, Expertise Oriented Evaluation, Adversary Oriented Evaluation, Naturalistic and Principal oriented evaluation, goal free evaluation and meta evaluation; Major activities involved in conducting evaluation; Evaluation Standards: Utility Standards, Feasibility Standards, Propriety standards and Accuracy standards; Development of evaluation plan; Tools and techniques in evaluation; Dealing with political, ethical and interpersonal aspects of evaluation. Reporting and using evaluation information; Meta Evaluation.

UNIT III
  Concepts and processes in impact assessment; Domains of impact assessment- Technical, socio- cultural, economic, institutional, environmental, human, periodic-short and long term; Levels of impact assessment; Approaches in developmental projects; Criteria and indicators: typologies and properties of indicators –goodness and exactness; internal and external validity, specificity, gender sensitiveness, stakeholders’ orientation; Impact monitoring- concept, purpose and methods; Impact evaluation.

UNIT IV
  Designs in impact assessment; Participatory need and stakeholders’ perception assessment; Quantitative and qualitative techniques for impact assessment, Social impact analysis; Economic impact analysis cost- benefit analysis, social-cost benefit analysis, partial budget analysis; Environmental impact analysis; Institutional impact analysis; Sustainability analysis; Concepts in livelihood and social vulnerability, adaptation and mitigation; Framework and qualitative and quantitative and tools for livelihood analysis, assessment of social vulnerability and adaptive capacities of communities; tools for farming system and gender analysis. Stakeholders’ analysis; Human impact assessment; Case study; Policy implications of impact assessment;

Practicals
  Development of Monitoring and Evaluation framework; Field studies for identification and ranking of criteria/indicators for impact assessment, Development and analysis of cases in evaluation and impact assessment.

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