Story by Karla Narcise-Rodulfo | Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Manager | Heifer Philippines
Photos by Heifer Philippines Staff
The Rural Development Institute-Leyte (RDI), in cooperation with Heifer Philippines and the Developing Dairy Zones for Smallholder Farmers in Leyte project, held a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) workshop April 2-5, 2013.
The workshop was facilitated by Karla Rodulfo, planning, monitoring and evaluation manager of Heifer Philippines, with support from Heifer Central Philippines and Berlie Gatchalian, assistant to the country director.
The theme, "What Cannot Be Measured Cannot Be Managed and What Gets Measured Gets Done," aimed to impart knowledge and understanding of M&E concepts and its importance to participants. It helped participants learn the M&E process of Heifer International and the tools and methodologies for baseline data gathering, project monitoring, reflection, evaluation and reporting.
Attending the workshop were four Community Animal Health Workers (CAHWs), four self-help group (SHG) representatives, four community facilitators, one project coordinator, the executive director of RDI and the Heifer Central Philippines team.
Heifer Philippines introduced a new survey tool that will be used for baseline, mid-term and project-end evaluations. The survey is guided by Heifer's Theory of Change and Categories of Impact. Using the new tools, Heifer projects are assured that quantitative and qualitative data will be backed up by evidence generated from the partner families.
"I appreciate the process; although it seems complicated and technical, the explanation is very simple," shared CAHW Ulysses Mendoza. "I also learned that through M&E, and involvement of the partner families in the entire M&E process, the project will be sustainable."
Glenda Besavilla, SHG secretary of Barangay Danao, happily said, "I will do my best to help the community facilitators in monitoring and evaluation of our project, now that I have understood the benefits we can gain from it."
Heifer Philippines' planning, monitoring and evaluation team will conduct similar workshops for three more dairy projects co-funded by Heifer International and the National Dairy Authority.