M & E for RDE to Bring Out Lessons from Government Interventions

M & E for RDE to Bring Out Lessons from Government Interventions

BAGUIO, CITY-- "There could be four possible outcomes of this training. First, participants who are unhappy with the course because they were unable to pick up the intention of the training; second, participants who are unhappy but are unable to understand the purpose of the training; the third outcome, participants who appreciated the purpose of the training but only used the learning when required; and finally, the fourth, participants who understood the purpose of the training and make it a regular part of their routine. We, at ATI, want the final outcome of the training that is you understood the purpose of this activity and make it a regular part of your routine."

These were the words of Milagros C. Urbano, chief of Policy and Planning Division (PPD) of Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) during the Training Course on Project Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) for Research, Development and Extension (RDE) Stakeholders.

Aiming to develop the level of monitoring and evaluation literacy among the staff of the Department of Agriculture's (DA) Regional Integrated Agricultural Research Centers (RIARCs), DA Regional Field Offices and selected provincial and municipal Local Government Units (LGUs), some 34 participants attended the five-day training covering both theory and practice of RDE M&E.

"Monitoring and Evaluation is as important as the project itself, because the results of M&E is an input to another planning," Dr. Esquejo stressed while discussing the tasks and responsibilities of M&E. Dr. Esquejo also noted the importance of doing evaluation not only for successful projects, but also for failure ones because of the lessons that can be surfaced out of them.

Moreover, ATI Information Services Division (ISD) Chief  Antonieta J. Arceo talked about report writing and visual preparation as a tool in disseminating M&E results. Arceo made it clear that in extension, we are more particular in making a difference in people's lives in a positive manner with demonstrated impacts reminding the participants to communicate the results of the program as they serve as lessons and may inspire others. This third and last batch of the said training course this year was held last November 7 to 11 at AIM Conference Center, Igorot Lodge, Camp John Hay, Baguio City.