Historical Background of Health Monitoring and Evaluation Department
The Health Monitoring and Evaluation Masters Degree academic program is one of the graduate programs run by the School of Graduate Studies in collaboration with the Department of Health Services Management and the International Center for Monitoring and Evaluation in Jimma University (ICME-JU). The program is designed to allow students develop core competencies required to design and implement monitoring and evaluation activities in public health in government and non-government sectors.
The objective of the graduate program is to develop corps of professionals in Monitoring and Evaluation of Health Programs who, after completing prescribed academic courses, will work in governmental and non-governmental organizations involved in implementing public health programs in Ethiopia, Africa and elsewhere. This innovative post graduate program, the first of its kind in Africa and one of the world’s very few graduate programs in the field of evaluation, provides a learning environment that couples theory with practice in the recently advancing evaluation profession. Jimma University collaborates with School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Tulane University (USA) and the National School of Public Health, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Brazil) for the delivery of courses.
Since 2006, a total of 149 students have graduated from the program in five cohorts. Seventeen of the graduates were international students from different African countries outside of Ethiopia.
CORE COMPETENCIES OF THE PROGRAM
Students will be trained on the following core competency areas which will be achieved through different courses, practical sessions, community attachments and student evaluation research project.
- Understand the knowledge base of evaluation and public health professions (terms, concepts and theories)
- Discuss different methods of systematic inquiry (quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods) applicable to formulate and answer monitoring and evaluation questions in public health
- Discusses important components of a monitoring and evaluation system
- Understand concepts and theories behind public health interventions
- Discuss the different types and methods of metaevaluation
- Respects clients, respondents, program participants and other stakeholders
- Considers public welfare in evaluation practice
- Focuses on utilization of evaluation findings for decision making
- Describe key elements of social programs
- Determine the evaluability of social programs and identify plausible evaluation designs fitting specific programmatic situations
- Work with program stakeholders to identify monitoring and evaluation questions and associated information needs
- Design monitoring systems for programs and projects
- Apply systematic inquiry techniques to answer evaluation questions
- Manage evaluation processes including possible conflicts among stakeholders
- Conduct metaevaluation
- Train others involved in monitoring and evaluation activities