Last November, The Partos Efficiency Lab organized a learning event to help development organisations to improve the way they address efficiency. How to improve efficiency in the various stages of a project cycle and in different cases of development practice? Soon after this event, the Efficiency Lab decided a follow-up was necessary and so they came up with two workshops:
- Training 1: Drafting Terms of References (ToRs) for improved efficiency analysis
One of the reasons why efficiency is not adequately addressed in evaluations is because Monitoring & Evaluation managers don’t know what to ask for when they write the ToR for evaluations. This training, facilitated by Markus Palenberg (Institute for Development Strategy), will be a one-day workshop for M&E managers on how to formulate terms of reference for evaluators in such a way that evaluations will lead to meaningful conclusions about efficiency.
- Training 2: Methods and tools for efficiency analysis
The second training will be on the methods and tools for efficiency analysis. Only a few practitioners and evaluators are familiar with the methods and tools to assess efficiency. To help them, Partos/The Spindle will organise a course in efficiency analysis. In this course (2 or 3 days) participants will learn when and how to apply a variety of methods and tools including: cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA), cost-benefit analysis (CBA), multiple attribute decision making (MADM), benchmarking unit costs, partial efficiency indicators, follow the money, financial analysis and comparative rating by stakeholders. The target group of this training will be evaluators and other professionals for whom the efficiency question is relevant in the design, planning, implementation and evaluation stage of projects.
The Efficiency Lab wants to set dates for these workshops together with the M&E managers, practitioners and evaluators – maybe you? – that are interested in participating in the workshops. So if you want to participate in one or both workshops, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, and you will be contacted.
About Partos Efficiency Lab
Development organisations need to get insight in efficiency. Have the resources been spent well? Can the same be achieved with less resources (or more with the same resources)? Many organisations are involved in conducting pilots of new approaches or testing prototype solutions. To determine scalability, it is crucial to know how these costs compare with conventional solutions. The aim of the Efficiency Lab is to develop a common understanding about the concept of efficiency, and to identify and/or develop a repertoire of appropriate and proven methods for monitoring efficiency, that meet requirements and take into account the complexity of the situations in which they operate. In April 2017, a core group was formed representing financial control staff, program directors and M&E professionals, to guide this new learning trajectory on efficiency.