Village Earth

GSLL 1504 – Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation

Start Date

October 25, 2024

End Date

November 29, 2024

Registration Fee


Register Before

October 22, 2024

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This course stresses participatory methods in monitoring and evaluation, where multiple stakeholders are involved in the process of planning, collecting, interpreting, communicating, and using information. This approach emphasizes a regular monitoring process that leads to continuous improvements. The course uses a case study and team discussions to illustrate the participatory monitoring and evaluation process.

Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:

  • Plan a monitoring and evaluation project
  • Develop evaluation questions that address stakeholders needs
  • Select the most appropriate data collection method for a given situation
  • Effectively communicate monitoring and evaluation data.
  • Use the monitoring information to achieve continuous improvement


Who should take this course?

This course is ideal for people who are interested in monitoring single projects, multiple projects, or development progress of an entire community. This includes development project managers, field workers, university professionals, students, and people working or volunteering at NGOs, NPOs, government organizations or missionary organizations. In addition, people involved in funding community development projects benefit from this course.

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.


Pilar Robledo

Instructor Bio

Pilar Robledo (she/ella) is a Foreign Service Education Officer with the United States Agency for International Development. She has previously worked as a Director for Programming and Training in Ukraine and Mozambique with Peace Corps. She also worked with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, International Rescue Committee and Save the Children in Pakistan. In Central Asia, she was the Regional Director for the International Research and Exchanges Board. She served as a Peace Corps education volunteer in the Kyrgyz Republic.

She holds a Master in Public Administration from the University of Colorado, Denver, and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Latin American Studies from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She speaks Spanish, Russian and some Kyrgyz and Portuguese.

Pilar loves the work of Village Earth, especially the wealth of experience the participants in the courses bring, and the focus on localisation and empowerment.

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GSLL 1501 – Approaches to Community Development

This course provides a framework for community development based on a participatory, bottom-up, multi-sector model. Various approaches have been used in community development with varying degrees of success. One approach that has consistently demonstrated effectiveness is the Village Earth model based on participatory practices.

Through personal and structural empowerment, the objectives of economic well-being, environmental sustainability, and socio-cultural vitalization can be met. By looking at an overview of the entire development process and using case studies, this course will prepare participants to work in the field of community development and illuminate how all of the development efforts fit together to support the overall goal of sustainability.

Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:

Compare different development approaches and evaluate their effectiveness.
Understand the basic principles that underlie sustainable development.
Incorporate participatory practices into community development activities
Design a development project based on the Village Earth model
Who should take this course? This course is suited for people who are interested in community development and work or plan to work in this field. This includes people working or volunteering at NGOs, NPOs, governmental organizations, without border organizations, or missionary organizations. In addition, people involved in funding community development projects benefit from this course.

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