The M&E team of CEDAC’s Field Program regularly organizes it team meeting and capacity building every month. On 10 February 2012, a monthly meeting was organized, at CEDAC Head Office in Phnom Penh, with the participation of 7 monitoring and evaluation officers, including Yim Sok Sophors, Chhin Chhunhoir, Pheng Chandy, Nuon Piseth, Chean Ratanakvisal, Chhum Angkearith and Sin Phoan. Chean Ratanakvisal is the facilitator of the meeting in this month.
The meeting followed the following agenda:
- Sharing interesting news from the field (within projects’ target areas)
- Review the last meeting
- Sharing activities and results that each monitoring and evaluation officer has done last month
- Cooperation and action plan for next month
- Appointment for next monthly meeting
During the meeting, Chhin Chhunhoir presented M&E binder that he had learned from CRS to all participants. M&E tools were presented to all participants and it made us understand that M&E tools are very important and need to be well-prepared at the beginning of the project. In practices, most of the time, we do not prepare M&E tools beforehand that is why we encounter some difficulties in carrying out M&E activities during the project implementation. It is good to highlight some interesting tools such as data flow chart, indicator calculation method, roles and responsibilities of key persons who are involved in M&E, monitoring plan, etc.
On the other hand, Angkearith and Piseth also raised “Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation” to be discussed among participants. They would like to make clear what does PME mean? Yim Sok Sophors shared his basic understanding of PME, explained the meaning of Participatory, and picked up some examples: who could be involved in PME of the project, named “Promoting Climate Resilient Livelihood for the Most Vulnerable Farmers in the dry land areas, Siem Reap and Kampong Cham Provinces”.
The next monthly M&E team meeting would be held on 09 March 2012 at CEDAC Head Office.