Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning course: When just ticking boxes no longer makes sense

Cape Town, South Africa: 6-10 November 2017

The pressure that organisations working in development and social change face to show ‘results’ often ends up undermining our ability to take a step back and look at work with a fresh perspective. Does our M&E framework represent what we are really trying to achieve? Are we bringing learning into practice adequately? Are our partners learning and growing with us? Or are we just ‘ticking the boxes’ with a growing sense of unease and losing track of the deeper questions?

This course will assist you in getting the basics right, so that you can comply with the demand for quantitative data, whilst at the same time providing you with a more developmental way of doing M&E that is focused on continuous learning in order to improve future practice and achieve more sustainable impact.

This 5-day course attracts a diverse group of practitioners in the public and NGO sector, which can include those working in community engagement. The course is aimed at practitioners with some previous experience in M&E who are keen to design M&E processes that foster learning and those willing to refresh their understanding of processes and politics around M&E.

‪Course fees for courses in South Africa are as follows:
Community Organisations - negotiable
Local NGOs, government and freelance individuals - R6000 (excl. VAT)
International NGOs, donor organisations and corporates - R7500 (excl. VAT)

The course fee covers the workshop tuition, learning materials, lunches and teas. Travel, all other meals and accommodation are the responsibility of the participants. ‬‬‬

The course will take place at the CDRA centre, 52-54 Francis Street, Woodstock.

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Engage 2017: Exploring Collaboration

Bristol, UK: Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th December 2017
Call for contributions deadline: 30th July.
A call for contributions is now open. You are invited to nominate yourself as a workshop contributor or as poster host.
Workshop contributors
Do you have a great project that you would like to share with delegates? Are you hungry to open a conversation about collaboration around specific purposes? Are you keen to explore the ethics of collaboration, and how these can be negotiated? Are you wanting to consider how universities might collaborate in the future? Whether you work in or with universities we are keen to hear from you.
Poster hosts
Our poster party is a key way to network, and be inspired by some of the excellent work happening across the world. Poster hosts provide a poster about their work, and can also bring interactive elements should they so wish. There is a 2 hour session at Engage where, over drinks and nibbles, delegates can meet the poster hosts, and learn from their work.
To find out more and to apply by 30th July, please see the NCCPE website. Bookings for the conference will open in September.

Science Communication and Bionics Degree at Rhine-Waal University of Applied Science - 50 tuition-fee-free places for foreign students (in particular from low- and middle-income countries)

Deadline: 30th June each year

The three-year English-language science communication course at Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences runs from September of each year and applications can be submitted between May and the 30th June. The University offers up to 50 tuition-free places each year to students outside of Germany with the aim of opening up a field that has been criticised for being Eurocentric to applicants from low and middle income countries.

The course compares the internationally very different systems of media, culture, science and policy-making and offers special language training, be it in English, German or other languages, in addition to their normal courses on writing and ethics. 

In addition to learning the tools of trade of science and technology journalism, public relations and marketing, students study the political side of science, including risk communication, public affairs and lobbying.

More course Informtaion here.

Article on the course and scholarship opportunities on SciDev.Net here.