Results Based Management of International Programs and Projects
The full course begins with a self-learning overview of results based management that is presented in the form of a video power point presentation given by Professor John Mathiason. This overview presents the main concepts and the key elements of the training. The three subsequent modules provide participants an opportunity to develop strategies for an organization that addresses a real life problem and prepare a biennial program to implement that strategy, a concrete project, and a monitoring and evaluation plan. The overview is available free to the public (broadband connection suggested) but the strategic planning, project formulation, and monitoring and evaluation modules require a fee (please see application page).
Module 1 is the overview. Modules 2, 3 and 4 each consists of six sessions of interactive real-time online dialogues between the participants and the faculty, interaction with fellow participants on joint assignments, direct coaching by the professor via e-mail and instant messaging and simulations. Before each online chat with the professor, participants are expected to view online lectures and complete assigned readings on the main subjects scheduled for discussion. Following the online chats, they are expected to complete exercises and tasks related to the course simulations as they evolve during each module. Each participant that successfully completes the course requirements will receive a certificate from Executive Education Programs at the Maxwell School.
Syllabus - The module is an overview of results-based management and of the training package. It introduces main concepts and the elements of training. It begins with a presentation given by Professor John Mathiason.
Readings - There is no formal text for this module. Readings will come from materials of international public and non-governmental organizations, mostly available over the Internet, or made available by the Executive Education Program.
Module 2: Strategic Planning
The second module addresses the first stage of results-based management: strategic planning. This involves deciding on the types of results from programs that are both needed and possible. The process of deciding about these results consists of identifying the end-state to be reached, expressed as objectives, determining what has to happen, in the form of changes, called outcomes, if those objectives are to be achieved. Then it involves determining what outputs, in the form of products or services, are likely to generate those outcomes. Finally, it involves delineating the activities, and the resources necessary to carry them out, that will produce these outputs.
Module 3: Project Formulation
The third module focuses on how to plan and organize implementation through projects. Each outcome or related set of outcomes that the strategy intends to obtain requires a careful organization of activities to produce the necessary output and a careful attention to the mobilization and deployment of resources. The module examines how to program activities so that the outcome can be induced by the output produced. It considers issues of sequencing, choosing alternative output type and input mixes.
Module 4: Monitoring and Evaluation
The fourth module deals with how to monitor and evaluate the results of the programs and projects. The fourth module deals with how to monitor and evaluate the results of the programs and projects that have been planned. It looks at issues of how to measure results, including redefining intended results that were not formulated in measurable terms. It discusses issues of data acquisition strategies that can be cost-effective, how to analyze data so that results -- and the reasons for them -- can be clearly indicated, and looks at issues of reporting and follow-up.