Managing for impact

Most development initiatives take place in highly dynamic contexts: a diversity of people is involved and change processes are complex and uncertain. Guiding your development initiative towards impact means facing the challenges of this ever-changing context. In this three-week course you will strengthen your ability to play a significant role in managing for impact (M4I). This will involve the adoption of a proactive people, context, and learning orientation , and an integrative approach to strategic & operations management, and to monitoring & evaluation. Particular attention is given to the enabling environment in terms of capacities and conditions for M4I, which includes effective communication.

Organisator Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation

ma 9 maart 2015 tot vr 27 maart 2015

An integrated approach to participatory planning, monitoring and evaluation

Make a difference by being responsive and proactive

Whether you work in agriculture, health, social change processes, natural resource management or value chain development: you want your initiative to make a difference. This means that it needs to connect appropriately to specific contexts.  You will be challenged to come up with a sound strategic design and effective operations; with M&E processes that help you navigate in a changing context; and with a way of engaging people meaningfully in these processes. This is the essence of managing for impact (M4I). In this course you will link the theory and concepts of the M4I approach and put M&E at the service of your core management processes. Your learning will be highly interactive; you will receive individual coaching by peers and course facilitators and will be challenged to translate the content to an approach thatis appropriate and feasible back home.

Course objectives

Upon completion of the course you will:

  • have strengthened your competence to manage for impact in your own individual sphere of work;
  • be able to play a more effective role in helping your organisation to manage for impact;
  • understand principles and practice of strategic thinking and guidance; effective operations; monitoring and evaluation for change; change management; interactive processes for people engagement and learning; the learning organisation; capacities and conditions for M4I;
  • have built up a strategic attitude.

Target audience

You are a middle or senior level programme manager, staff or consultant with planning and or monitoring & evaluation responsibilities in a business, government or non-government organisation. You would like to make the planning process more relevant, effective and inspiring and help your organisation to act and think strategically. You would like to create more impact in your work and understand how (P)M&E can help you do this. Proficiency in English is required.