Building M&E Capacity 


The Client

FIBA, the International Basketball Federation, is the world governing body for basketball. Their mission is to develop and promote the game of basketball, uniting the wider basketball community.

The Challenge

To build the M&E capacity of FIBA Oceania one of the five regional FIBA offices. The aim was to enable  Federation personnel can submit better quality data regarding Basketball for Good programmes back to FIBA Oceania that can be used to generate learning and report back to funders more effectively. In addition to this FIBA Oceania also wanted their staff to have greater appreciation of the importance of M&E and improve their M&E processes, enabling them to improve their programmes and fundraise more effectively.

The Project

inFocus developed training and data collection tools for FIBA Oceania Staff to utilise in their own training delivery. Then delivered a live 3-day course to train FIBA Oceania staff on how to deliver a series of 5 basic 2-hour monitoring and evaluation (M&E) courses to Federations across Oceania, with the aim of inspiring them to improve the M&E and submit better quality reporting data.

Before the the live 3 day training course, inFocus developed and updated M&E tools for FIBA Oceania Basketball for Good programmes. Utilising the logic models for two of FIBA Oceania’s programmes as a basis inFocus developed an indicator framework for the Basketball for Good Programme. After the indicator framework had been refined, inFocus reviewed and updated data collection tools for the programme and developed an M&E guide that will support both FIBA Oceania staff and federations to use data collection tools effectively.

inFocus then trained FIBA Oceania staff to deliver three inFocus training courses with the staff (either as a remote exercise or on-site training course).  The three courses were tailored specifically to FIBA Oceania and the Basketball for Good programme and covered the following areas:

  • –    How to collect data – The 90-minute webinar will highlight the importance and value of M&E and then introduce Basketball for Good tools and processes, in particular how to provide supporting narrative information.
  • –    How to conduct Qualitative and Qualitative Analysis – The 90-minute webinar will explore differences between quantitative and qualitative research, how to prepare for analysis and simple steps for analysing qualitative and quantitative data.
  • –    How to write effective reports – The 90-minute webinar will help FIBA staff to write effective reports to support organisations to be more accountable back to funders and stakeholders and improve fundraising. This webinar will explore: Introduction to writing effective evaluation reports; Group exercise- considerations for writing effective reports; 4 general tips for writing evaluation reports; and how to structure and write your report.

inFocus developed training materials for FIBA Oceania staff to utilise when running their own training session. One of these materials was  guide on how to create a high quality Story of Change, an evaluation method that uses a story-telling structure to describe the changes that have taken place for individuals, groups or organisations as a result of the program. A summary of the training course delivered by inFocus was also developed for FIBA Oceania staff to utilise and adapt to their own training delivery.