Monitoring and Evaluation

The Second Agricultural Growth Project (AGP2) is a complex program involving government ministries, directorates, regional agricultural bureaus, zonal and woreda agricultural offices, and implementing agencies that requires commitment and collaboration at all levels of the agricultural public sector. Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) support is aimed at improving the performance of the AGP M&E system as it has been highlighted in the AGP2 Project Implementation Manual (PIM) Results Framework. The PIM Results Framework indicates the importance of obtaining accurate and consistent data from all levels (i.e. kebele, woreda, zonal, regional and federal). The PIM clearly states that a strong M&E system is necessary to support accurate reporting for effective management of the program. CDSF M&E support includes developing data collection instruments, designing and delivering M&E skills-based training for federal and regional AGP2 Program Coordination Units and Implementing Agencies’ M&E experts, and development of a Management Information System.

In general, Monitoring and Evaluation support focuses on following key areas:

  • Tailoring the M&E Manual for federal and regional Program Coordination Units and key implementing agencies,
  • Designing and delivering M&E skills-based training,
  • Providing job-embedded support through coaching, mentoring and different job aids, and
  • Developing a Management Information System.

CDSF follows a multi-level training of trainers’ capacity development approach where trainings are rolled out to lower levels. The primary participants of the M&E support include federal and regional Program Coordination Units and Implementing Agencies’ M&E experts. As the trainings are cascaded to Woreda and Kebele level, Woreda Program Coordination Units’ Focal Persons and key Implementing Agencies’ M&E experts and Kebele Development Agents become beneficiaries of the trainings, respectively. Job-embedded support is also core to CDSF M&E support and includes coaching, mentoring, and interactive job aids (e.g. checklist guides, posters, learning videos, etc.).

 

Planning Support

The Second Agricultural Growth Project (AGP2) is a complex program involving government ministries, directorates, regional bureaus, zonal and woreda offices, and key Implementing Agencies that requires commitment and collaboration at all levels of the agricultural public sector. The purpose of the planning support is to enhance AGP federal and regional Program Coordination Units and Implementing Agencies’ planning process to ensure that planning is integrated, participatory, informative and evidence-based that can be implemented according to the schedule outlined in the AGP Project Implementation Manual (PIM). CDSF conducted needs assessment including planning competency assessment which showed limitations in the AGP planning process. Consequently, CDSF planning support focuses on two key areas:

  • Designing and delivering capacity development and training on identified planning competency gaps to enhance the technical capacity of planning experts responsible for the AGP community-level participatory planning (CLPP) process, and
  • Provision of job-embedded support.

CDSF follows a multi-level capacity development approach where trainings are rolled out to the lower levels. Accordingly, the primary target for planning training includes federal and regional Program Coordination Unit experts and key Implementing Agencies’ planning experts. It is expected that planning experts and specialists at Woreda and Kebele levels, Woreda Coordination Unit focal persons, key Woreda Implementing Agencies’ planning experts, and Development Agents at Kebele level will benefit from training and capacity development.