The following are courses in research, monitoring and evaluation that lead to obtaining certificate at the end.

Doing Research Made Easy

Introduction to the Basics of Doing Research

  • General Introduction
  • Research: What is it
  • Definitions of quantitative research method
  • Distinctions between two paradigms: Quantitative vs. Qualitative
  • Determining a research problem
  • Defining a research topic
  • Types of research topic
  • Research topic vs. research question
  • Identifying a research topic
  • Considerations for choosing a good research topic
  • Sources of research topic
  • Characteristics of a good research topic
  • Evaluating a research topic

Doing Quantitative Research Made Easy: Part I

Theories & Research Design

  • Theories: Empiricism, Functionalism
  • Elements of Research Design
  • Units of Analysis
  • Variables & Relationships
  • Conceptualization and Modelling
  • Research Design
  • Experimental
  • Quasi-Experimental
  • Cross-sectional
  • Longitudinal
  • Non-Experimental

Doing Quantitative Research Made Easy: Part II

Construction of Measurements & Sampling Designs

  • Measurements
  • Levels of Measurements
  • Reliability
  • Validity
  • Sampling Design
  • Probability Sampling
  • Random Selection
  • Simple Random Sampling
  • Stratified Random Sampling
  • Cluster Sampling
  • Systematic Sampling
  • Non-probability Sampling
  • Convenience Sampling
  • Purposive Sampling
  • Quota Sampling
  • Key Consideration on Choice of Sampling Design
  • Sample Size Determination

Doing Quantitative Research Made Easy: Part III

Survey Questionnaire Design & Fieldwork

  • Questionnaire Design
  • Types of Questions
  • Open-Ended & Closed-Ended
  • Direct & Indirect
  • Types of Interviews
  • Face-to-Face
  • Telephone
  • Internet Auto Response
  • Fieldwork Administration
  • Team composition
  • Training of field team
  • Pre-testing of questionnaire
  • Interviewers Manual
  • Sensitization of Target Population
  • Logistics & Planning
  • Data Collection Tips
  • Ethical Considerations

Doing Qualitative Research Made Easy: Part I

Qualitative Research Theories & Methods

  • Definitions of qualitative research method
  • Distinctions between qualitative vs. quantitative methods
  • Theories in qualitative research
  • Importance of qualitative methodological theories
  • Types of methodological theories
  • Phenomenology (what is it & method)
  • Ethnomethodology (what is it & method)
  • Ethnography (what is it & method)
  • Grounded theory (what is it & method)

Doing Qualitative Research Made Easy: Part II

Quantitative Research: Sampling & Data Collection Techniques

  • Theoretical representation
  • Purposive sampling
  • Snowball sampling
  • Break Characteristics
  • Eligibility/Selection criteria
  • Validity & Reliability

Techniques of qualitative data collection

  • Observation
  • Participant observation
  • Focus group discussion (FGD)
  • Group interview (GI)
  • Key information interviews (KII) or in-depth interviews (IDI)
  • Case study
  • Archival study

Doing Qualitative Research Made Easy: Part III

Qualitative Research Instruments & Fieldwork

Type of Instruments
  • Open ended Questions
  • Semi-Open Questions
Fieldwork Administration
  • Team composition
  • Training of field-team
  • Pre-testing of instruments
  • Sensitization of target population
  • Selection of participants
  • Logistics & Planning

Basic Ethical Standards of Doing Research

  • Key Ethical Considerations
  • Harmful nature of research
  • Informed Consent
  • Privacy & Confidentiality
  • Ethics Review Board Clearance
  • Human Subject Ethics Certification

Quantitative Data Entry & Coding Using SPSS

  • Designing Coding Instructions
  • Constructing Data Entry Templates
  • Types of Variables
  • Converting Questions to Variables
  • Coding Schemes
  • Variable Labels & Value Labels
  • Converting Open-Ended Variables to Structured Variables

Basic Quantitative Analysis & Programming in SPSS

  • Data Transformation Command
  • Designing Data Entry Templates
  • Check Coding Consistency
  • Check Response Consistency
  • Check Skip Patterns & Missing Values Code Open-Ended Questions
  • Data Transformation Commands
  • Compute Commands
  • If & Count Commands
  • Descriptive Statistics Commands
  • Correlation Statistics Commands

Basic Qualitative Data Analysis Using Software

  • Constructing Data Templates Using Excel
  • Coding Textual Data
  • Converging Concepts & Codes
  • Converging Family of Words & Concepts

Doing Monitoring & Evaluation Made Easy

Monitoring Basics

  • What is monitoring?
  • Usefulness of monitoring in project implementation
  • Setting SMART objectives
  • Importance of SMART objectives in M&E
  • Performance Indicators
  • Definition, Usefulness, Advantages & Disadvantages
  • Types of monitoring indicators

Evaluation Frameworks

  • Definition, Usefulness, Advantages & Disadvantages
  • Program Theory
  • Program Logic Model
  • Conceptual Framework
  • Results Framework
  • Logical Frameworks
  • Structure & Content of Terms of Reference
  • Examples of Real-Life Evaluation Projects

Advanced Monitoring & Evaluation

Introduction

  • Why advanced M&E?
  • What is it geared to achieve?
  • Determining and setting baseline indicators

Baseline Data Collection & Analysis

  • Research Design (experimental vs. control)
  • Types of Indicators: data collection (quantitative and qualitative methods)
  • Baseline & End-line indicators analysis (based on triangulation)

Impact Evaluation Study Using Mixed Methods

  • Definition & Usefulness
  • Advantages & Disadvantages
  • Mid-term Data Collection (quantitative and qualitative methods)
  • Mid-term indicators analysis (based on triangulation)
  • End-line Data Collection & Analysis
  • Comparative Analysis of Performance Indicators
  • Theory-Based Impact Evaluation
  • Key principles
  • Implementation
  • Cost-Effectiveness Analysis
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis

Project Management Made Easy

  • Proposal Development
  • Definition & Usefulness
  • Steps in Development
  • Validity & Reliability
  • Project Monitoring
  • Definition & Usefulness
  • Project Monitoring Using MS Project Software

Data Base Management

  • Steps in Data Base Construction
  • Monitoring Milestones
  • Planned Database Update

Process Evaluation

  • Definition & Usefulness
  • Performance evaluation: input levels indicators
  • Performance evaluation: output level indicators
  • Performance evaluation: outcome level indicators
  • Performance evaluation: goals level indicators
  • Performance evaluation: efficiency & Timeliness

Basic Statistical Methods & Techniques

Key Concepts in Statistics

  • Measures of Central Tendency
  • Measures of Dispersion
  • Types of Statistical Distribution
  • Hypothesis Testing
  • Degrees of Freedom

Types of Statistical Analysis

  • Univariate (descriptive)
  • Bivariate (inferential)
  • Multivariate (inferential)

Report Writing for Development Professionals

Communicating Research Findings to Decision Makers

Other Trainings

Good Governance & Democracy

Change Management

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CovenantFriends International Consultants: Training Schedule July 2019 to April 2020

COURSE TITLELAGOS
Doing Research Made Easy: An Introduction5th - 7th July, 2019
Doing Quantitative Research Made Easy: Part I12th – 14th July, 2019
Doing Qualitative Research Made Easy: Part I19th – 21st July, 2019
Doing Quantitative Research Made Easy: Part II2nd – 4th August, 2019
Doing Qualitative Research Made Easy: Part II16th – 18th August, 2019
Doing Quantitative Research Made Easy: Part III23rd – 25th August, 2019
Doing Qualitative Research Made Easy: Part III20th – 22nd Sept., 2019
Basic Ethical Standards of Doing Research27th – 29th Sept., 2019
Quantitative Data Entry and Coding Using SPSS14th – 16th Feb., 2020
Basic Quantitative Analysis & Programming in SPSS21st – 23rd Feb., 2020
Basic Qualitative Data Analysis Using Software20th – 22nd Mar., 2020
Doing Monitoring & Evaluation Made Easy27th – 29th Mar., 2020
Basic Statistical Methods & Techniques 17th – 19th April, 2020
Impact Evaluation Study Using Mixed MethodsCustomized*
Communicating Research Findings to Decision MakersCustomized*
Project Management Made EasyCustomized*
Report Writing for Development ProfessionalsCustomized*
Change Management in SSA Countries Customized*
Good Governance & Democracy in SSA CountriesCustomized*

NOTE: SSA = Sub-Saharan Africa; * = Organized upon client’s request