Strengthening monitoring systems in Kenya

Regional Technical Support Hub for Eastern Europe and Central Asia (TS Hub Kiev) continues strengthening monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems of CAHR project implementing partners.

On June 20-22, 2012 CAHR implementing partner organisation in Kenya KANCO together with Olga Varetska and Pavlo Smyrnov (both represent International HIV/AIDS Alliance in Ukraine) trained local partners in Kenya on the principles of monitoring and evaluation and SyrEx2 database use.  The training for M&E Officers, Project Managers and Outreach Workers of KANCO partner organisations delivering HIV prevention projects among injecting drug users took place in Mombasa, Coastal Kenya.

The participants received information on key requirements to service-related data collection (implementation of Unique Identifier Code, data tracking at the point of service delivery, further data aggregation and analysis, etc.) for efficient use of SyrEx2 database and received examples of data recording and reporting formats that are compatible with SyrEx2. The practical sessions gave participants an opportunity to try themselves in data entering and reports generation and to ask questions at the time they occurred.

By the end of the training the participants were acquainted with general M&E principles, data collection and reporting requirements for CAHR project and obtained practical skills on SyrEx2 database use for clients’ tracking.

The overall opinion on the training was positive, participants considered the aim and objectives to be achieved.  They mentioned the practical experience and acquaintance with the database as the most useful part of the training giving them an opportunity to present accurate information on the programme progress. Participants also suggested having more exercising and conducting a refresher course in the future.

The facilitators indicated that “the participants were highly motivated, since they were experiencing a need in a service provision data tracking instrument for a while at the moment of the training delivery.”

The next step planned by TS Hub Kiev is an adaptation of SyrEx2 database according to the needs of Kenyan partners.