Mr. Yim Sok Sophors provided a training to  CSPPM staff at the project office in Chhouk district, Kompot Province. I was in Chhouk since yesterday (Sunday); traveled from Phnom Penh to Chhouk by a taxi car with Mr. Nhep Mengcheang, project officer of CSPPM. Today, I together with Mr. Nhep Mengcheang facilitated a whole-day training session with all project staffs of CSPPM and YAEs. I first introduced about the agenda and objective of the training to all of the participants. And then they introduced their names by adding an Adjective before their name, for example Smart Seng, Cleaver Mengcheang, Specific Ram, etc. They also explained why they chose the adjective in relation to their names. Later on, interesting information from the field was shared by the participants. Generally, drought is still a big constraint for farmers in some target communes of CSPPM to cultivate rice in this rainy season.

In relation to the main content of the training, the participants could learn about Type of information (quantitative information and qualitative information), Information = data + analysis. They are aware how to use qualitative and quantitative information, for example they mentioned that it is good if we can write both qualitative and quantitative information in our report. The report will be informative for readers and it is interesting to read in detail.

Furthermore, we also learned about Cause and Effect Analysis, the participants tried to understand what Cause is and what Effect is. They additionally mentioned that project should eliminate Cause in order to ensure a long-term sustainability. The problem will be remaining if the cause is not cut out. On the other hand, we also differentiated between Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E). We discussed and shared our understanding one another related to “Why and what for M&E is taken place?” Moreover, we also learned about definition of Indicator and Target (Indicator + figure = target). For example, the project expected to increase the rice yield from 2 t/ha to 3 t/ha.

Food security (food availability, food accessibility, and health) was also discussed among the participants. They placed relevant activities that CEDAC has been doing into Food Security Framework. By doing so, it enabled them to get clear view what CEDAC is doing for improving food security in its target areas. Simultaneously, I presented the 5 dimensions of evaluation, including Relevant, Effectiveness, Efficiency, Sustainability, and Impact. It stimulated the participants to look at the questionnaires and checklist for conducting end project evaluation of CSPPM as if the questionnaire included some questions which are relevant to sustainability, relevance, etc.

Logical Framework Analysis (LFA) was also reviewed by the participants. I and Mengcheang facilitated to recall their understanding and let them exercised their understanding with an example. Mengcheang explained the participants about questionnaires and checklist after I had explained the participants about data collection methods. Schedule of the evaluation was prepared and it is expected that the data collection in the field will be completed in this week. Thank you very much for your precious time to read my brief note.