Institutionalization of M&E Capacity Strengthening in Nigeria


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Presented at the Nigeria MEASURE Evaluation End-of-Phase-III Event in June 2014.

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  • Introduced core M&E concepts, curriculum to build capacity - Facilitated curriculum review, supported attendance at regional training partner workshops, conducted ToT,
    Co-facilitated at workshops, observed and provided feedback
    Reviewed agendas, slides, activities,
    Offered cost effective capacity building webinars, conference calls
    Supported cross fertilization of teams
  • This is our sustainability assessment framework which was based on an extensive literature and experience in the field. To achieve sustainability, we examined four key components such as governance leadership and people – such as the vision, mission, and clarity of purpose regarding M&E activities at the institutions; the leadership capabilities – for managing a team in successful implementation of workshops as well as developing innovative courses and solutions, and the management capabilities of the team members to deliver high quality workshops and products.
    We also examined the financial management – in terms of the institution’s ability to access grant and fees from the bursary in a timely manner, a cost analysis of workshops to ensure costs do not exceed the fees and what is the “break even” point for the # of participants needed to sustain a workshop, as well as marketing and ensuring demand for workshops and other M&E products.
    We assessed technical capacity – the extent to which the institution has the capacity to deliver key sessions such as M&E frameworks, indicators, data quality, data use – and what types of systems have been established to main high quality workshops including the development or exposure to networks to foster the delivery of high quality training.
    We also examined the environment to understand how things such as security affects the implementation of workshops and the engagement of the M&E community at large, to make sure that the M&E training content delivered is timely and up to date in the national context. This also links back to demand creation for M&E training and capacity building.
  • There were a total of 522 applicants, 307 eventually admitted
  • The government sector was fairly even between OAU and ABU (49% vs 55%) – Of the 159 that were from the government sector, MEASURE supported 60 through Fellowships (38%)
    Security played a roll in the number of international candidates – almost none at ABU and the amount at OAU has dropped off over the years
  • Through the trainings, we have reached individuals in 22 of 36 states and the FCT.
  • Through in-depth interviews with 50 workshop participants, evidence of…
  • While we have made important strides through the 2 week M&E course, M&E officers have many more responsibilities than routine monitoring and need additional support for how to analyse the monitoring data they have, as well as employ other data collection and analysis methods for non-routine data collection. Further, the workshop approach is short term and participants return to their places of work, often to colleagues and organizations that don’t have the same new M&E and data use lens -
  • While we have tracked the success of participants who were involved in the workshop, the primary goal was to build a sustainable model for capacity building. We have made important progress demonstrating that this model can work.
  • We have worked with the institutions to try to embed the M&E courses into pre-service, as it is with this approach we will see long term changes in M&E skills over time.
    Through OAU’s Institute for Public Health they have the mechanism to offer distance based and other in-service trainings, across sectors
    For the work with the Department of Nursing Sciences and community health officers, MEASURE Evaluation has supported the pilot testing of materials with students from these departments to identify the core materials that would be the best “fit”
    Pa – is pending approval
  • Institutionalization of M&E Capacity Strengthening in Nigeria

    1. 1. Institutionalization of M&E Capacity Strengthening in Nigeria Samson Bamidele Dr. Tunde Kuteyi End of Phase III Dissemination Meeting June 18, 2014
    2. 2. Objectives  To mentor two universities towards integrating M&E courses into their long-term MPH programs.  To build the capacity of the nursing departments at each university in Data Demand and Use for pre-service nurse training  To sustain Nigerian universities in offering short-term M&E training activities to respond to the demand for skilled M&E professionals in Nigeria.
    3. 3. MEASURE Evaluation Strategy  Introduced core M&E concepts, development of curriculum  Provided on-going support  Co-facilitated at workshops  Reviewed materials  Webinars, conference calls  Supported cross fertilization of teams
    4. 4. • Session offerings • Systems to ensure quality • Networks to foster delivery of quality training • Financial systems • Cost analysis • Marketing • Vision, mission, clarity • Leadership capabilities • Innovation • Management capabilities • Security • Engagement of M&E community
    5. 5. Sustainability Assessment/Plans  Each institution developed a sustainability plan based on findings  With MEASURE Evaluation core support, we offered:  Facilitation of Leadership Development Program at ABU  Business planning activity at OAU  Continue to monitor sustainability assessment plans
    6. 6. Key Workshop Results  Completed 12 workshops since February 2011 (OAU:7, ABU:5) – 307 participants  Approximately 70% of applicants male; 30% female  Slightly higher proportion of female completed the workshops (37% female)  Difference in female participants (28% ABU vs 43% OAU) Gender break down – applicants and completed
    7. 7. Key Workshop Results • More than half of participants came from government sector • About 1/3 coming from NGO sector • 18% university/other • 21 international participants, primarily at OAU Participant break down by sector
    8. 8. Reach of Workshops
    9. 9. Effects of Workshop  Increased confidence to perform M&E functions  Increased use of tools and guidance to support M&E  Cascading training knowledge to colleagues  Networking opportunities among participants  In a few instances job promotion, creation of new M&E units
    10. 10. State government representative  “Immediately after the MEASURE Evaluation M&E course in ABU Zaria, I think it was about a month later, I was elevated and designated as the State Health Officer M&E Officer. This is a big responsibility as I have to supervise M&E of the several Public Health programs in the ministry. The promotion was a result of the training I attended at ABU.”
    11. 11. NGO representative  “Initially, I was a record officer. After I returned from the course, a new unit was formed when I discussed with my organization about the course. …. It wasn’t a promotion per se. It was a different job but at the same salary level. It was created after the course at OAU in Ife when I discussed with my organization about the vital nature of M&E”
    12. 12. Need for additional capacity building  Despite the positive response to workshops, 82% of those interviewed admitted they need additional skills in M&E  Respondents noted barriers in their work environment that may inhibit M&E activities Additional Competencies Data triangulation Qualitative methods Operations research Statistical analysis Gaining support for M&E
    13. 13. Examples of Built Institutional Capacity  Universities are fully funding workshops through fees  Universities are fully responsible for:  Administrative aspects - including developing marketing materials, processing applications, fees, logistics, fellowships, and evaluating workshops  Technical aspects – including developing materials, preparing facilitators, and incorporating feedback from previous workshops to improve subsequent workshops.  Networking with M&E professionals - universities draw on a broad group of facilitators from within their institutions as well as external experts
    14. 14. Pre-Service/other courses Pre-Service In-Service 2 credit M&E course •ABU MPH program •OAU DON (pa) – for BSNc and Master’s Advanced Diploma in M&E (OAU, IPH) M&E track •OAU MPH program (pa) DDU •ABU DON (embedded into existing curriculum) •ABU - pilot testing CHO materials
    15. 15. Overall Challenges  Changes in leadership  Approval of M&E track and longer term courses – slow process  Security, lecturer strike  Workshop fees  Balancing agenda to include topics in demand but not overloading
    16. 16. The Way Forward Develop additional courses for M&E AND program staff Diversify pre-service courses beyond current institutions Link students with internship opportunities Consider affordable options for government Formalize a community of practice
    17. 17. THANK YOU!
    18. 18. MEASURE Evaluation is a MEASURE project funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development and implemented by the Carolina Population Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in partnership with Futures Group International, ICF Macro, John Snow, Inc., Management Sciences for Health, and Tulane University. Views expressed in this presentation do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the U.S. Government. MEASURE Evaluation is the USAID Global Health Bureau's primary vehicle for supporting improvements in monitoring and evaluation in population, health and nutrition worldwide. Visit us online at