CovenantFriends International Consultants: Training Schedule for Year 2020

COURSE TITLELAGOSABUJA
Basic Quantitative Research Methods7th - 9th August, 202029th - 30th August, 2020
Basic Qualitative Research Methods14th - 16th August, 20204th - 6th September, 2020
Basic Evaluation Principles & Methods21st - 23rd August, 202011th - 13th September, 2020
Advance Quantitative Research MethodsTo be determined To be determined
Advance Qualitative Research MethodsTo be determined To be determined
Advance Evaluation Principles & MethodsTo be determined To be determined
Qualitative Data Entry & Codingdittoditto
Quantitative Data Entry & Coding dittoditto
Qualitative Fieldwork Planning & Implementation dittoditto
Quantitative Fieldwork Planning & Implementationdittoditto
Impact Evaluation Study Using Mixed MethodsCustomized* Customized*
Communicating Research Findings to Policy MakersCustomized* Customized*
Report Writing for Development ProfessionalsCustomized* Customized*
Change Management in Sub-Saharan AfricaCustomized* Customized*
Good Governance & Democracy in Sub-Saharan AfricaCustomized* Customized*

NOTE: * = Organized upon client’s request

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    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