“Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting” — seventh CiSEP workshop implemented in Odessa

November 21–23 marked the successful imple­men­tation of the seventh workshop of IEPs “Training the Trainers on EU Project Cycle Management”. The training went once again back to the regions and took place in Odessa. The training series is aimed at enabling the Ukrainian civil society partic­i­pants to apply for EU funding and manage EU funded projects according to the EU project cycle require­ments but also to effec­tively pass on their knowledge to their colleagues through self-conducted trainings. It is furthermore part of IEPs ongoing work (Civic School for Sound EU Practice – CiSEP) to strengthen the capacity of Ukraine’s civil society in the framework of the EU-Ukraine associ­ation process.

The main topic of the training was “monitoring, evalu­ation and reporting”, three crucial elements during the imple­men­tation and final­i­sation of a project. With the typical mix of theory and practice and under the guidance of the Turkish trainer Mert Altıntaş, the partic­i­pants developed among other things a small monitoring and evalu­ation plan on their own and learned more about proper reporting to the EU. For the final part of the training, Iryna Shvets from Civil Network OPORA Lviv worked with the partic­i­pants on typical problems that arise during training and how to solve them.

In addition to the normal training, this workshop was accom­panied by the second of four “mini-trainings” to develop a trainer handbook for and by the partic­i­pants on EU Project Cycle Management. For this, an EU PCM expert from Belgrade was invited to provide valuable feedback regarding the handbook content and to work with the partic­i­pants on the second draft of the handbook.

The training was imple­mented by Martin Stein, project manager at IEP, and organised in close cooper­ation with the Polissya Foundation for Inter­na­tional and Regional Studies, as well as the Odessa regional organ­i­sation of All-Ukrainian NGO “Committee of Voters of Ukraine” and supported by the German Federal Foreign Office.