MES In-House Training Sessions for Members

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MES In-House Training Sessions for Members

Training (I) Introduction to Results-Based Monitoring & Evaluation
Trainer: Mr Lim Kheng Joo
Venue : Muse Training Room, MAJU Tower, Kuala Lumpur
Date    : 15th September 2018
Attendance : 15 members

What do our members say about the in-house training?

I Touched Based with Evaluation!

Evaluation and Assessment have been used interchangeably by lay persons and has often caused confusion to stakeholders. In a project or a programme, evaluation is perceived differently by the people who manage the various portfolios. Hence there is a need for everyone to be on the same page at the onset.

The short course I attended in September in 2018 called Introduction to Results Based Management, clarified the areas that are demarcated for evaluation, including the nuances of the word. That was helpful to set the context.

The speaker explained clearly the subtle differentiation’s (perhaps in some cases glaring dissimilarities) between evaluation and monitoring, tracking, tracing and auditing.

The crux of the matter in Evaluation is outcome, output and impact. And these elements need to be identified at the planning stage for a project or a programme or even an implementation of a national policy to be measured effectively. We require this skill and its underpinning knowledge.

I look forward to attending the MES’ Certificate in Evaluation.

Andal Krishnan


Training (II) Introduction to ProLL Model
Trainer: Mr Lim Kheng Joo
Venue : Muse Training Room, MAJU Tower, Kuala Lumpur
Date    : 22nd September 2018
Attendance : 11 Members

What do our members say about the in-house training?

Understanding Programme Logic & Linkages (ProLL)

Training (III) Sampling Interview

For someone coming from the medical background, understanding the existence of a relationship between cause and effect is a given. This is because we deal with it almost everyday at work, confronted by patients who come to see us, we need to quickly ascertain the cause of their presenting complaint and hence find the right treatment for it so as to gain effect ie improve the clinical outcome of the patient. However moving on to various positions at management level dealing with policies, programmes and projects the same medical person at times tend to forget this logical framework. Thus the lecture on ProLL given by Mr. Lim Kheng Joo on 22nd September was like a reminder that the same principle is still applicable.

ProLL Model is a Theory of Change model with 4 major components; the first being the most important of all the Demand Analysis – involving among others,a clear understanding of what is the problem to be solved or need to be served. Failure to identify the right problem is detrimental, as we may end up with the wrong problem or even worst embarking on the wrong solution. Now if failure in this first component is already disastrous, imagine the potential damage if one do not even took time to come up with their ProLL Model during the development or planning stage of their policies, programmes or projects. Understandably, the following three components; the programme/service delivery, programme results (direct/preliminary outcome) and programme effects (intermediate, tertiary or impact) relies heavily on getting the first step right.

In conclusion, ProLL Model a brainchild of Dr. Aru Rasappan has been adopted by many countries, including the public sector in Malaysia implementing the Integrated Results Based Management (IRBM). Without the ProLL model it will be challenging to do evaluation. Thus understanding ProLL is crucial and so is its development in our settings. It is not only useful for evaluation but the absence of it during planning may result in poor planning.

Dr. Jamaiyah Haniff

Trainer: Dr Aru Rasappan
Venue : Sunway University
Date    : 27th March 2019
Attendance: 7 Members

What do our members say about the in-house training?

It was an eye opener!

The training provided me with some knowledge on various sampling techniques that an evaluator can use when recruiting participants or clients. The questionnaire for the CTP survey prepared by MES was useful in eliciting the information required for evaluating the effectiveness of the programme. My wife and I interviewed a total of 40 B40 families in Sg Petani, Kulim, Sg Siput, Melaka and Selayang.  The coordinators on the ground were extremely helpful in locating the homes of the respondents.  We found the respondents to be highly cooperative to our survey.

The Government, through this CTP gave subsidy to cover utilities, food, educational assistance, awareness of income generating programmes, healthcare, counselling & moral support and neighbourhood engagement activities.

It was very evident from the survey that these B40 families that we interviewed ate substandard food high in carbohydrates and devoid of nutrients most of the time.

The respondents were generally happy with the CTP. However, it needs a longer period of hand holding from the Government because this B40 group has very low self- esteem mainly due to finance and health not being in their favour.  This is further compounded by the dysfunctional families mainly attributed by the irresponsible and wayward men.

We also observed that in most families the women were the ones shouldering the family responsibilities inspite of their difficulties and illness.