SDO Imus City commits to quality thru M&E

February 27, 2020 | By: Christian Mespher A. Hernandez
                                Division Information and Action Officer, SDO Imus City
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In his discussion of Project Cycle Management, SGOD Chief Gregorio A. Co Jr. reiterates that "A project is complete when it starts working for you, rather than you working for it.” (Photo by Joram Bawag)

Committed to uphold the culture of quality and continuous improvement, the Schools Division of Imus City through the School Governance and Operations Division (SGOD) conducted a Division Training on Monitoring and Evaluation held at the SDOIC Conference Hall on January 29-30.

During the 2-day seminar-workshop, school heads and Quality Assurance, Technical Assistance, Monitoring and Evaluation (QATAME) Associates were reacquainted with DepEd Order No. 44, series of 2010 known as “Adoption of KRT 3: Quality Assurance and Accountability Framework,” specifically, the purpose of monitoring and evaluation, utilization of M&E tools, and the importance of establishing M&E system in schools.

Quoting H. James Harrington, an American performance improvement and quality guru, Ms. Jenielyn A. Sadang, EPS-II M&E, said measurement is the first step that leads to control and eventually to improvement.

“If you can't measure something, you can't understand it. If you can't understand it, you can't control it. And if you can’t control it, you can’t improve it,” Sadang said.

One of the major topics discussed were investment planning and project cycle management which centered on the different phases of a project such as planning, design and implementation and how it should be monitored and evaluated, mostly varying only in technical terms like progress and impact.

“A project is complete when it starts working for you, rather than you working for it,” OIC-SGOD Chief Gregorio A. Co Jr. said.

Participants also learned how to develop and use GANNT charts and Log Frame, how to conduct Focus Group Discussion (FGD) and Program Implementation Review (PIR), the roles of QATAME Associates in programs, projects and activities, and how to craft Work and Financial Plan (WFP).

Through the said training, schools are expected to ensure QAME processes such as gathering and analysis of data as well as presentation of findings are regularly observed in schools to measure achievement against performance indicators.

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School heads and QATAME Associates perform some roles during the FGD simulation on conducting M&E.